A further attempt to evacuate more wounded people from the Palestinian Tel Al-Zaatar camp in east Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday was unsuccessful.
LV: Red Cross vehicle entering Tel Al-Zaatar camp
GTV: Red Cross vehicle along street
LV: Evacuees carrying white flag walk to Red Cross vehicle
SV: Red Cross vehicle along street
GTV: troops in truck guarding and of convoy PAN ACROSS TO LV: Tel A-Zaatar camp
GV: (Jounieh) street scape
SV and CU: people buying ice cream
GV and SV: people relaxing by swimming pool (3 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV: speed boat
Another threat to the country's 54th ceasefire on Thursday was the right-wing advance during the day on the Moslem enclave of Nabaa next to the Tel Al-Zaatar camp (see Visnews Production No. 6987 services 5/6 August). Nabaa is the last obstacle to the rightists' complete control of east Beirut. They have for long wanted to take the area, but on Thursday night left-wing Beirut radio reported that the leftists had checked the advance.
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Background: A further attempt to evacuate more wounded people from the Palestinian Tel Al-Zaatar camp in east Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday was unsuccessful. People who were not wounded rushed a Red Cross convoy in an attempt to leave the besieged camp. Later the convoy was fired on by unknown sniping. As a result, only about 30 were able to be evacuated. On Thursday, 243 wounded were taken out, but the Red Cross expressed fears about the safety of the operation.
SYNOPSIS: A new ceasefire was also announced during the day - the 54th since the civil war started 16 months ago. The ceasefire, arranged by right-wing Lebanese leaders and the Arab League Peace-keeping Force started on Thursday morning but the preliminary ceasefire for this evacuation was not properly kept. The Red Cross team carrying a white flag took the badly injured to the vehicles. They reached the vehicles safely but the convoy left in a hurry after a bullet hit a doctor's car and a shell exploded in a football field used as a staging point for the wounded just as the last truck was preparing to depart.
Only the badly injured are being allowed out of Tel Al Zaatar. The evacuees were inspected at rightist lines but the inspection took only quarter of an hour on Thursday instead of the hour the previous day when 91 badly wounded were evacuated. All the injured are being taken to an emergency hospital in Moslem-held west Beirut.
Outside east Beirut, the holiday resort of Jounieh north of the capital is one of the few relatively safe places for the Christians and their allies. All the trappings of a holiday resort can still be found - the ice cream and the fairground; but last week, militiamen of the two major right-wing groups fought a gunbattle in the port and sources in the Falangist party said ten people were killed.
The fighting erupted after a road accident, but there has been increasing tension amongst the Lebanese right-wing with National Liberal Party leader Camillie Chamoun constantly taking a tougher line against ceasefire proposals than Falangist Pierre Gemayel. So even the inhabitants of Jounieh may not be able to forget the country's civil war much longer.