INTRODUCTION: United States peace envoy to the Middle East Philip Habib tried to bring a ceasefire to the troubled region on Sunday (19 July) as firing raged on between Palestinian guerrillas and Israeli gunners.
SV INTERIOR Injured man on stretcher in Kiryat Shmona
SV Injured man being treated by army doctor (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Damaged ceiling of building
SV EXTERIOR Injured man being carried from ambulance on stretcher
GV Grieving woman
GV EXTERIOR Site of meeting between Philip Habib and Prime Minister Begin
SV INTERIOR Mr. Begin and officials
CU Habib, Begin and officials PULL OUT TO SV meeting (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Habib leaving building
GV Demonstrators with placards calling for revenge after Arab attacks
SV Mr. Habib speaking
GV EXTERIOR Street scene, Nahariya
CU Rocket hole in ground, PULL BACK GV People gathered round
CU Man's hand holding piece of shrapnel
SV INTERIOR Injured people
SV Helicopter lifts off
SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 11: PHILIP HABIB: "I have had very serious conversations with the Prime Minister. This is a complex problem. We've discussed it. The Prime Minister has pointed out that this is a subject which he would naturally discuss in the cabinet. He informed me that there will be an extraordinary session of the cabinet and he and I will then continue our discussions."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United States peace envoy to the Middle East Philip Habib tried to bring a ceasefire to the troubled region on Sunday (19 July) as firing raged on between Palestinian guerrillas and Israeli gunners. Israeli jets renewed their attacks on Palestinian guerrilla positions in Southern Lebanon, while the guerrillas fired rockets at the Israeli border towns of Kiryat Shmona and Nahariya.
SYNOPSIS: In Israel, one person was killed and 23 wounded during the Palestinian attack, and on Sunday night residents in Kiryat Shmona spent their third consecutive night in bomb shelters. Many inhabitants packed their belongings and prepared to leave for other areas of Israel. Throughout the country feelings have been running high about the Palestinian rocket bombardments and the deaths of Israeli civilians.
Some Israeli government ministers and senior officials have expressed reservations about Israel's air attacks on Beirut last week in which about 300 civilians were reported killed and hundreds more wounded. But anger over the Palestinian attacks has softened outright criticism of Prime Minister Begin's policy of striking at Palestinian strongholds even when they are located in civilian areas.
In Jerusalem, Mr. Habib met Prime Minister Begin twice on Sunday as Israel attacked South Lebanon for the 10th successive day. The peace envoy was hastily ordered back to Israel at the weekend. During the meetings Mr. Habib urged a halt to air and artillery attacks on the Palestinians.
But Israeli television reported Mr. Begin had refused, saying the Lebanese government was responsible for the crisis and should eject the Palestinians from their territory. Afterwards Mr. Habib told reporters further talks were scheduled.
While the peace talks appeared to have stalled there were fresh rounds of fighting. As Israeli troops launched further raids into South Lebanon, Palestinians again hit back with rockets against border settlements. The coastal town of Nahariya, which has suffered numerous barrages by Soviet-made Katyusha rockets, once again came under heavy shelling. On Monday (20 July) former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin warned that if attempts between the two sides to reach a ceasefire failed, a large scale military operation might be unavoidable.