Hostilities broke out in Lebanon late on July 7.
LV Beirut skyline with smoke rising from building PAN TO rockets being fired from Palestinian positions, and Israeli response.
GV Gunmen on street and Palestinian rocket being fired. (2 SHOTS)
SV Fires burning out of control in building. (2 SHOTS)
SV Man sprays water on fire as sound of cluster bombs is heard.
SV Woman treating man's chest wound.
GV People running in panic through streets.
SCU PULL BACK SVs Shell holes and general wreckage at Soviet embassy. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN INTERIOR Soviet trade centre damage.
GV People and cars in quieter part of Beirut.
SV & CU Bassam Abu Sharif speaking, (English SOT). (2 SHOTS)
CU Saeb Salam speaking (English SOT).
CU Yasser Arafat.
SVs Young Palestinian fighters resting on street. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Field gun being loaded and Palestinian with Kalashnikev rifles. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SHARIF: (SEQ 10)" I don't rule that out, if it is in the United Nations context."
SALAM: (SEQ 11) "I would have refused to have any foreign soldiers on our soil but I accept it, anybody, American, Norwegian, Canadian, Belgian, whoever it is."
NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER JACK REYNOLDS, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED
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Background: Hostilities broke out in Lebanon late on July 7. It was the second breach of the latest ceasefire which went into effect two days earlier. This dramatic film shows the horrific effects of the fighting. As smoke rises from an earlier hit, a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire can be clearly seen on the Beirut skyline. The Israeli reply is devastating; the whole neighbourhood bursts into flames. The shelling lasted all day and into the night. Massive fires were started; and because of limited water supplies, could not be extinguished. Many people were wounded, and medical treatment was often makeshift. There was panic in the streets. Among the buildings to suffer were the Soviet Embassy and the Soviet trade centre. They were hit by about six shells, which caused extensive damage but no casualties. Some parts of Beirut escaped the carnage, but no area is considered safe. Attention was centred on US moves to ship out the Palestinian guerrillas on vessels of the United States Sixth Fleet. The plan received a mixed response from guerrilla leaders. One normally hard-line Palestinian, Bassam Abu Sharif, said he did not rule out a U.S. presence under United Nations control. A key Lebanese figure, former Prime Minister Saeb Salam, said he would agree to foreign soldiers on Lebanese soil. The PLO's leader Yasser Arafat has made it clear he will not agree to leave Beirut on a U.S. ship. There are 5,000 to 6,000 Palestinian guerrillas in Beirut. Moving them out of the city would be a problem on its own. Taking care of their thousands of weapons, from Kalashnikov rifles to heavy artillery, would be an added responsibility.