Christian right-wing leaders have vowed that the remains of the captured Tel al-Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp will be razed to the ground.
GV PAN Wrecked buildings and debris in Tel al-Zaatar refugee camp
GV Smoke rising from debris (3 shots)
GV Wreckage from fighting
CU Palestinian poster and torn portrait of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (2 shots)
GV Women covering noses because of smell and hiding faces from camera PAN TO right-wing militiamen looking through debris (2 shots)
GV Munitions factory and other wrecked buildings (4 shots)
SV PAN Camp bunker (2 shots)
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Background: Christian right-wing leaders have vowed that the remains of the captured Tel al-Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp will be razed to the ground. The camp was taken by right-wing forces last week after a bitter 52 day siege.
SYNOPSIS: All that's left are wrecked buildings and debris. Few people venture there now. Most of the looters have gone. Except for an occasional sniper, all the original occupants either died or escaped when the camp fell. Debris still burns, and the stench is overwhelming.
Right-wing leaders are in no doubt about the future of the ruined camp. Bashir Gemayel, the son of the Falangist Party chief, Pierre Gemayel, says it will not exist on any map. He said the site would be named after William Hawi, the Right-wing commander killed in the fighting.
Palestinian posters recall the conflict. A torn portrait of Yasser Arafat, the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, lies among the ruins. The Right-wingers describe health hazards as appalling. Dany Chamoun, commander of the National Liberal Party militia says bulldozers will raze the entire area.
Right-wingers claim this was a munitions factory staffed by Soviet experts who somehow managed to escape capture. Other buildings were used as shelters, bunkers and hospitals. During the bitter battle thousands died. Many from lack of proper medical aid or dehydration. The Red Cross was only able to evacuate about 300 wounded before the camp fell. Many who died now share a common grave in the ruins of Tel al-Zaatar.