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    ALEY, AND NEIGHBOURING SHOUF AREA, LEBANON

    Despite reports that Israel has agreed to delay its planned withdrawal from the Shouf region in Lebanon, Israeli convoys continued to leave the mountain city of Aley on August 26.

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    SHOUF REGION:
    1. GV Convoy travelling down mountain road (2 shots) 0.25
    2. SV Israeli soldier driving truck as officer directs him 0.37
    3. SV Israelis driving jeeps, and Israeli soldier answering reporter's question (SOT) 0.51
    4. GV Jeep drives off, followed by convoy 1.01
    5. SV Heavy trucks drive past, and drivers speak to reporters (SOT) 1.16
    ALEY:
    6. GV PULL OUT TO LV Convoy down street 1.20
    7. GV PAN Damaged buildings 1.33
    8. SV Woman inside house, looking through hole in roof 1.37
    9. SCU Druze President of Aley speaking (SOT) 1.49
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE THREE):
    QUESTION: "Are you leaving Aley today?"
    ANSWER: "I don't know."
    QUESTION: "For you, it's finished?"
    ANSWER: "I don't know, hopefully."
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE):
    QUESTION: "Where are you going?"
    ANSWER: "Israel."
    QUESTION: "Is everything finished in Lebanon?"
    ANSWER: "Maybe."
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE NINE):
    DRUZE PRESIDENT OF ALEY: "They are trying to find a solution for the mountains before they will leave, because if they leave the area, the fight will start, and if it starts, it's very dangerous for all the Lebanese."
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    Background: ALEY, AND NEIGHBOURING SHOUF AREA, LEBANON

    Despite reports that Israel has agreed to delay its planned withdrawal from the Shouf region in Lebanon, Israeli convoys continued to leave the mountain city of Aley on August 26. In answer to Visnews reporters' questions on their destination, Israeli officers cautiously replied they did not know whether they were leaving the troubled region for good. However, some of the men interviewed admitted they were heading for Israel. Israel said it would soon pull back its forces from the Shouf, where Druze Moslem and Christian militias have been feuding for centuries. Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt has threatened to attack Lebanese army units who, following an agreement with Israel, are planning to take over positions previously held by the Israelis in the area. The Druze community fears a Christian take-over of the region if government troops move in. President Amin Gemayel, a Christian, has discussed sending troops of the United States, French, Italian and British peace force to support Lebanese government troops which would replace the Israeli occupying forces there. However, diplomats insist that President Gemayel has made no formal request to change the area of deployment of the four-nation peace-keeping force, which numbers more than five thousand men. Israeli leaders, including Defence Minister Moshe Arens, have warned about the danger of possible massacres once the Israeli units have withdrawn. They have also called on Lebanese authorities and U.S mediators to arrange an agreement between the Christian Falangists and the Druze fighter in the Shouf. The Israelis, in an effort to reduce their own casualties, are planning to withdraw to more defensible positions in Southern Lebanon. They insist that their total withdrawal, as provided under the agreement with the Lebanese government, will take place only when the Syrians and Palestinians also agree to leave. Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt, who rejects the agreement, was said to be on his way to the French capital on August 26. A top aide of President Gemayel as well a
    s US Middle East Special Envoy Robert McFarlane were also expected in Paris following President Gemayel's latest appeal for unity in Lebanon.

    Source: REUTERS LEBANON

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6Q430820E4TVVKYUGQZ3HRDCQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6Q430820E4TVVKYUGQZ3HRDCQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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