Heavy fighting is reported throughout El Salvador as left-wing guerrilla groups continue their offensive against the government.
TRACKING SHOT People in street
SV People gathered outside shop
SCU Dead bodies (3 shots)
GV & SV Burnt-out bus (3 shots)
GV Guerrillas checking cars on road
GV Guerrillas talking to reporters at road-block
GV ZOOM OUT Church PAN ALONG damaged building TO group of guerrillas outside building
SV Trench PAN TO guerrillas on roadside
GV Sign painted on building "Viva las F.P. PAN TO guerrilla on guard
GV/SV Guerrillas in various positions guarding town (3 shots)
SV Guard sitting behind oil drum and brick shield as other guerrillas walk past
SV Woman talking to guard
SV Family standing outside house
GV Townspeople going daily business (3 shots)
SV Groups of guerrillas sitting outside building
GV Slogan on wall PAN TO guerrillas walking in streets (2 shots)
GV Guerrillas on patrol in town (2 shots)
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Background: Heavy fighting is reported throughout El Salvador as left-wing guerrilla groups continue their offensive against the government. The guerrilla attacks have concentrated on banks, petrol stations, power plants and government offices. El Salvador's Church human rights organisation, Socorro Juridico, says 2,000 people have killed since the beginning of the year.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly every day brings an outbreak of violence in San Salvador, adding to the capital's long list of casualties. On Sunday (8 February) three people were killed during a gun battle in a bakery shop. By the time troops arrived, the attackers had gone. Many of the victims of shootings like this never been involved in political activities.
Film taken in the town of San Lorenzo on Tuesday (10 Tuesday), shows the aftermath of a fierce battle between the guerrillas and government forces. The insurgents now claim to control the town which is 35 miles (60 kms) from San Salvador.
El Salvador's army has been heavily engaged in fighting the guerrillas in their strongholds of Morazan, La Union, Chalatenango and in San Vicente. The insurgents have been cutting electricity supplies in some town. And a raid on a warehouse was reported to have destroyed stocks of cotton worth two million dollars.
The running junta imposed a curfew in El Salvador last month to try quell the guerrilla offensive. Nearly 180 civilians have been killed since then. Many of them were uninvolved workers caught going home late or heading for their jobs too early. Two hours before the curfew starts at 7 p.m., Salvadorean workers rush home to avoid being caught in the streets by government patrols.
The tactics of the five guerrilla organisations are mostly small, but widespread, attacks. Ambushes and roadblocks are a prominent feature. They're designed to hamper the activities of El Salvador's National Guard and to isolate towns and villages. The United States recently decided to give the ruling junta five million dollars in military aid. America hopes the money will help to counter foreign support for the insurgents.