Rescue work at the US embassy in Beirut continued for the third consecutive day on April 20, with more bodies being discovered in the rubble.
Beirut, Lebanon( (19 April, 1983) (VIS - DIETZ)
GV Bulldozer clearing rubble from in front of US embassy
GV Men attaching cables to collapsed building
GV Red Cross ambulance leaves scene
GV Rubble being cleared
GV Man setting up spotlights
Background: Rescue work at the US embassy in Beirut continued for the third consecutive day on April 20, with more bodies being discovered in the rubble. Lebanese officials estimated that the death toll would rise to 60 -- 49 Lebanese and American embassy employees and passers-by not included in embassy figures. As the immediate horror receded, attention switched to the question of who planted the car bomb; Iranian involvement had been suspected, but a statement from Teheran reiterated a denial. The arret of four people was confirmed by the Lebanese Foreign Minister Elli Salem, who was unable to reveal any further information. He went on to condemn Israel for exploiting the tragedy to make a case for continuing the occupation of Lebanon, and declared that the attack only increased Lebanon's determination to secure a withdrawal of all foreign forces. The US Ambassador, Mr Robert Dillon, declined to speculate about the perpetrators and motivations of the attack.