The "Medecins Sans Frontieres" (Doctors Without Borders) flew two tons of medical supplies into Beirut on Friday (30 January) to equip a hospital in the slum area of the city known as Nabaa.
GV Supplies being unloaded from air transport aircraft
CU Supplies loaded onto lorry
SV PAN ALONG Streets TO Lorry with supplies parked outside hospital building
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Heart machine on lorry TO People waiting to unload supplies
CU Dr. Casteres (left) embracing local community leader (wearing glasses)
CU Supplies being unloaded PAN TO Exuberant supporter firing machine gun into the air
CU & SVs Supplies being unloaded as man continues to fire rifle (3 shots)
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Background: The "Medecins Sans Frontieres" (Doctors Without Borders) flew two tons of medical supplies into Beirut on Friday (30 January) to equip a hospital in the slum area of the city known as Nabaa.
Around 130,000 people live in Nabba. They're mostly Shiyah Moslems and it had been 10 months since the area had seen a doctor.
During the recent bloody fighting in Beirut, many injured were trapped in the area because the whole of Nabaa was surrounded by Falangist forces.
Community leaders then appealed to the French run Doctors Without Borders.
The organisation is staffed by professional medical people from all over Europe who donate some of their time to treating people anywhere in the world for free.
An emergency group was immediately formed headed by Dr. Francois Casteres and made up of three doctors and two nurses.
The medical supplies, including two surgery units, were flown to Beirut Airport and then driven into Nabaa where a building had been cleared to established a makeshift hospital.
The arrival of the supplies and the medical team caused scenes of wild celebration by residents of the area.