Israeli jets bombed parts of south Lebanon on Wednesday (21 April).
NEAR BEIRUT, LEBANON (APRIL 20, 1982) (REUTERS)
SV Camouflaged anti-aircraft gun pointed at the sky
SV Box of ammunition TILT UP TO SV barrel of anti-aircraft gun
GV Palestinian soldier operating gun
SV PAN Ammunition TILT UP TO GV camouflaged barrel of gun
SV Palestinian soldier firing gun. (2 SHOTS)
GV Flashes from anti-aircraft guns firing
GV Soldier bringing ammunition to reload gun
Background: Israeli jets bombed parts of south Lebanon on Wednesday (21 April). A United Nations spokesman said the planes struck at Palestinian refugee camps around the capital Beirut -- while Israel said the mission was against Palestinian guerrilla bases. It's believed at least 14 people died in the raids and a significant number were injured. The attack broke an uneasy truce, negotiated by the United Nations last July. Palestinian anti-aircraft gunners have been on full alert during that time, ready to go to action stations at a moment's notice. They constantly drill to perfect loading and firing techniques in order to improve their chance of hitting fast, low-flying aircraft. From camouflaged gun emplacement, these crews provide the front line defence in southern Lebanon against aerial attack.