INTRODUCTION: In Lebanon, at least 27 people were reported killed, and 60 injured as fighting continued on Thursday (23 April).
GV LEBANON: Smoke coming from upper reaches of tall building.
GV LV ZOOM INTO GV More smoke pouring from building.
GV Smoke out of another building on skyline.
GV Smoke from first building.
ISRAEL SCU: Haddad leaving building and approached by newsmen.
GV ZOOM INTO SCU Begin leaving building.
SV Line of film cameras.
CU Begin speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 8: BEGIN: "It was agreed between us -- I want to stress the world agreed between us -- that there won't be any clashes with the international peacekeeping force UNIFIL. And that permanent efforts will be made to avoid any attempts to hurt the civilian population. I would like to express my hope that all international factors will do their utmost to bring about a complete ceasefire throughout Lebanon, and Lebanon will be again a free and independent country."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Lebanon, at least 27 people were reported killed, and 60 injured as fighting continued on Thursday (23 April). Reuters news agency reported that heavy artillery and rocket exchanges erupted between Syrian peacekeeping troops and rightist Christian militiamen stationed on opposite sides of the green line dividing the capital, Beirut. Reported casualties from these clashes were six dead and at least 20 wounded. Meanwhile, in Israel, Major Saad Haddad commander of the mainly-Christian militias in southern Lebanon was released from a Haifa hospital on Thursday (23 April) after a slight heart attack. He went to Tel Aviv for talks at the Israeli Defence Ministry with Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
SYNOPSIS: During the shelling in Beirut, bursts of smoke bloomed from a tall building under attack. Leftist forces blamed Christian Falangist gunners for shelling that closed the city's international airport, with four people there reported wounded.
The building is the 32-storey Murr Tower which is held by Syrians, close to the western side of the green line. After it suffered a direct hit, a barrage of rocket fire that had been pouring from the building, stopped.
Reuters said the highest death toll in Beirut on Thursday (23 April) came from gunbattles between Shi'ite militia Amal and pro-Iraqi Baathists in West Beirut, which is mainly Moslem.
In Tel Aviv, Major Haddad left after his meeting with Mr. Begin. He had insisted on leaving hospital in Haifa for their talks.
Mr. Begin emerged to speak to newsmen. In southern Lebanon, fighting between the Israeli backed militias, Israeli forces and Palestinian guerrillas had intensified in the previous week. Mr. Begin spoke on their talks.