Israeli forces have begun building new fortifications in South Lebanon after pulling back between two and seven kilometres (one and four miles).
EXTERIOR MVS: Israeli troops placing stakes to build barbed wire fence. (4 shots)
MV: Israeli troops on tank stand guard.
MV: Israeli troops erecting barbed wire fence (2 shots)
MV: Ariel Sharon Israeli agricultural Minister with Israeli commanders PAN TO Palestinian held area.
CU: Ariel sharon looking through binoculars.
Gv: U.N. troops erecting tents.
CU: U.N. flag PULL BACK TO MV PAN U.N. troops in land rover.
MV PAN: lone U.N. soldier on guard on camp site. (2 shots)
Some 150 Nepalese soldiers were expected to join the Norwegians on Friday (14 April). Part of a 600-man contingent, the Nepalese arrivals will bring UNIGIL troops in Lebanon up to about 2,500. The projected total is 4,000 peace-keepers.
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Background: Israeli forces have begun building new fortifications in South Lebanon after pulling back between two and seven kilometres (one and four miles).
SYNOPSIS: The Israelis invaded South Lebanon a month ago and took control of almost all the south, up to the Litani River. Last Tuesday (11 April) they began to withdraw, following the arrival of several hundred United nations peace-keeping troops. But the withdrawal took the israelis only a short distance back and bulldozers have begun scooping out fortifications on a new boundary line. U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim is due to inspect the situation shortly and he is expected to express dissatisfaction at Israel's slow compliance with the Security Council's demand for complete withdrawal. Close to the newly dug trenches, Israeli soldiers have been stringing coils of barbed wire to mark the new frontline.
The Israeli forces have been visited by their Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ariel Sharon, one of the Israeli Government's leading exponents of a "greater Israel."
Norwegian soldiers of the United Nations interim force for Lebanon (Unifil) have set up an elaborate base camp on the israeli side of the line. Norwegian officers have reported that the area vacated by the Israelis has been visited by Palestinian guerrillas who chatted amicably with the U.N. soldiers. So far the peace-keeping forces' ability to resist Palestinian infiltration has not been seriously tested. One Norwegian officer told reporters he doubted the U.N. troops could hold back a determined Palestinian push. The UNIFIL Armament, mostly small arms, would be outmatched by the heavy weapons normally used by the guerrillas, he said