The Lebanese capital, Beirut, has experienced its first round of factional fighting this year.
TV Bomb damaged building
CU PAN Debris and broken masonry
SV Parked car flattened by falling masonry
SV PAN Damaged building
GV Joint forces riding in machine-gun vehicle at street corner PAN TO deserted street
SV PAN Machine-gun vehicle passes along street
SV Armed men of joint forces crouching
SV PAN Armed men on back of machine-gun vehicle
SV Youths run for cover
SV Man carrying groceries walks past
SV PAN Shell-damaged buildings
SV PAN AND ZOOM FROM Damaged car TO broken glass littering foreground
SV & CU INTERIORS Mourners seated around coffin (4 shots)
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Background: The Lebanese capital, Beirut, has experienced its first round of factional fighting this year. On Friday evening (8 January) a car bomb exploded in West Beirut, causing severe damage to property but without loss of life. Militiamen of the Shi-ite Moslem group, Amal, and the Communist Action Organisation, also clashed in the Moslem sector of West Beirut, despite a Syrian-imposed ceasefire. The fighting has been described as some of the heaviest the capital has seen for some months, with at least seven killed. Joint forces of the Lebanese government and the Arab Peacekeeping force, from Syria, have tried to move in to impose a ceasefire.