Lebanon -- and in a country already torn by civil war, feuding between the right-wing Christian parties has claimed another eleven lives.
GV Car drives through streets of Shmout. (3 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Mourners weeping over body and placing bouquets on bier. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Armed men at Falangist road block searching vehicles as they pass through. (2 SHOTS)
GV Shops with closed doors and shutters in Shmout. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Lebanon -- and in a country already torn by civil war, feuding between the right-wing Christian parties has claimed another eleven lives. According to a militia radio station run by the Falangist party in Beirut the eleven died when gunmen burst into a private house in the small village of Shmout, gunning down seven people. The gunmen allegedly belonging to a party headed by former Christian president Suleiman Franjeih.
SYNOPSIS: The right wing gunmen kidnapped another seven people from Shmout village -- four of whom were later found dead by the roadside. Three are still missing.
The split within the right-wing parties came to a head last year when Mr. Franjieh left the "Lebanese Front" coalition over policy differences. Soon after this split, his son, daughter-in-law and small granddaughter were all killed in an attack by alleged Falangist guerrillas at their family home in northern Lebanon.
This latest attack on right-wing members of rival militia's comes at a time when an independent Christian state has been proclaimed in the south of the country. Security remains tight. Armed guards patrol the streets in an attempt to maintain their fragile hold on disputed territory.
Shmout has been virtually deserted since the attack on Sunday (22 April) as people stay indoors. This village, near the northern suburbs of Beirut is usually quiet compared to the traditional combat zome in the south. There Syrian troops of the Arab Defence Force and right-wing militia's regularly exchange artillery fire.