INTRODUCTION: The Commander of the United Nations forces in Lebanon, Major-General William Callaghan, in the strongest statement yet by a U.N. commander, warned renegade Lebanese Army Major Saad Haddad that U.N. troops will fire if attacked again.
GV & CU Shelled area in Kantara.
SV PAN Damaged houses.
SV Family in damaged house.
GV & CU Soldiers. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Road block checking passports.
GV Street scene in Nabatiyah.
CU PAN Damage caused to buildings by car bomb. (2 SHOTS)
SVs More damaged buildings. (2 SHOTS)
GV Street scene cars passing.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Commander of the United Nations forces in Lebanon, Major-General William Callaghan, in the strongest statement yet by a U.N. commander, warned renegade Lebanese Army Major Saad Haddad that U.N. troops will fire if attacked again. The warning came when General Callaghan denounced what he called the "barbaric" killing of two of his Nigerian soldiers by Major Haddad's Israeli-backed Christian Militia, during an artillery barrage on the village of Kantara on Monday (16 March).
SYNOPSIS: The shelling attack on the southern Lebanese village brought to 53 the number of U.N. soldiers killed since the UNIFIL force moved into the area three years ago. Besides the two dead, at least 16 others including villagers and four soldiers of a Lebanese army platoon, were wounded when 60 shells slammed into the village.
Major Hadded blamed the entry of Lebanese troops into the area as the provocation for the attack. Israel said it had no part in the shelling but would continue to support Major Hadded, while trying to restrain him.
In Tel Aviv, Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Mordecai Zipori agreed with UNIFIL's account that no new Lebanese troops had entered southern Lebanon. The 30-strong platoon at Kantara had merely been redeployed from nearby.
And in Nabatiyah, north of the UNIFIL zone a car bomb killed one person and injured five.
The booby-trapped pick-up van parked in a crowded town centre had attracted suspicion and been towed some distance away. An hour later it blew up causing damage over a 500-metre (yard) radius, including government offices and the mayor's residence.
The Kantara attack was discussed at a private sitting of the United Nations Security Council. But the members were unable to issue a formal condemnation because the United States would not accept any wording involving Israel. The Nigerian delegation, angry at the Council's failure to act, said it might request a full debate on the incident.