Heavy fighting in the Lebanese capital Beirut and the northern port of Tripli on Friday (27 August) made hopes of the Arab League being able to end the civil war even fainter.
GV Red Cross supplies being unloaded from ship. (3 shots)
GV PAN Lorry passing loaded with supplies.
CU Bullet holes in wall by St. Joseph's Hospital PAN TO nuns inspecting damage. (2 shots)
CU PAN Wounded men in hospital (2 shots)
CU PAN Wounded children in hospital. (2 shots)
According to left-wing sources, the fighting in Beirut on Friday consisted of further shelling of the already devastated commercial area of the city, and prolonged engagements with rightists in the adjacent port area. The northern port of Tripoli is a lone left wing stronghold surrounded by rightist forces and Syrian troops, whom the leftists have repeatedly accused of being in collusion with the right.
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Background: Heavy fighting in the Lebanese capital Beirut and the northern port of Tripli on Friday (27 August) made hopes of the Arab League being able to end the civil war even fainter.
SYNOPSIS: And the continuous fighting has made the need for these Red Cross shipments of rice, powdered milk, corned beef and medicines even greater. More than 40,000 people have been killed so far at an average rate of 80 a day - and the number of wounded is far above that. These supplies arriving in east Beirut came from Cyprus.
Rightist leaders have promised to meet again next Wednesday to discuss Arab League envoy Dr. Hassan Al Kholi's peace plan, but Falangist leader Pierre Gemayel has said that peace efforts cannot succeed unless there is a pledge in advance for withdrawal by the left-wing forces, whom he called the aggressors.
At the St. Joseph's Hospital in rightist-held east Beirut the nuns say the damage has been caused by Palestinian rockets landing nearby and sniper fire. But in the four days before Friday, the warring sides have largely adhered to an agreement that they stop the random shelling of residential areas..
This hospital has received over 4,000 casualties since April last year - often 50 to 100 in one day, many with bullet wounds from sniper fire. These men are injured Falangist gunmen.
But many children and civilians have been hurt too. The nuns say about a third of the injured they receive are women and children-and some are suffering more form malnutrition. The hospital depends on public support to continue its work and the nuns say funds are very low.