Israeli forces on June 16, shelled guerrilla emplacements in southern Beirut.
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SV ZOOM IN Israeli armoured car in Lebanese village
GV Israeli tanks in narrow lane (2 shots)
GV Red Cross vehicles
SV PAN Wrecked vehicles and tanks (3 shots)
SV Damaged building
GV ZOOM IN SV Refugees living in tents under trees (6 shots)
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GV Israeli tanks and troops (5 shots)
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TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE 9:
BEGIN: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It is nearly a year since I visited the United States at the invitation of the President. During that year, great events took place in our country and in the region, including the fulfilment of all the commitments of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, and, ultimately, the use by Israel of its adherent right of self defence against the Arab bandits, operating from Lebanese territory against our civilian population, men, women and children. So, there will be many subjects to discuss with the Secretary of State, whom I'm going to see on Friday morning, and with the President himself, whom I'm going to visit on Monday next week in Washington."
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Background: Israeli forces on June 16, shelled guerrilla emplacements in southern Beirut. Palestinian guerrillas and their leftist Lebanese allies returned the fire. More than 5,000 Palestinian and leftist fighters are trapped in West Beirut between Israeli forces in the south and Christian militia in the east. The Israelis are demanding the disarmament and disbandment of the guerrillas before withdrawing. Their opponents have vowed to fight to the end. A trail of destruction lies in southern Lebanon where the resistance was fierce. Shattered towns, burnt-out vehicles and wrecked buildings provide grim evidence of the scale of the tragedy. Israel has suffered too. Burnt-out tanks lie among the rubble in many towns and cities. Israel admits to 170 dead, but says it has killed 2,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Syrians. The Lebanese authorities say 10,000 people have died in Lebanon during the fighting and 16,000 are injured.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is in the United States for talks with President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State Alexander Haig. Mr. Haig initially had no plans to meet Mr. Begin, but agreed to talks after a telephone call with the Israeli leader. Last week the US Secretary of State cancelled a visit to Israel saying the Begin government was being inflexible in refusing to withdraw from Lebanon. On his arrival in New York, Mr. Begin outlined his programmed of meetings and defended Israeli actions against what he called the "Arab bandits".