The Lebanese Government's plan to avert renewed fighting between Syrian elements of the Arab Peacekeeping Force and right-wing Christian Militia units has gone into operation.
LV ZOOM IN Smoke rising from Beirut.
GV Smoke rising in distance ZOOM IN TO burnt out building.
SV Damaged building showing rocket scars. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Devastated area.
SV Armed men walking through wrecked street.
GV Shop doorways riddled with bullets.
GV St. Joseph Hospital with rocket damage. (2 SHOTS)
GV Cars leaving city along main highway.
GV Ship docking at Larnaca marina.
GV & SV Lebanese refugees leaving ship.
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Background: The Lebanese Government's plan to avert renewed fighting between Syrian elements of the Arab Peacekeeping Force and right-wing Christian Militia units has gone into operation.
SYNOPSIS: Smoke was still rising over Beirut on Tuesday (17 October) from fires started by Syrian shelling two days earlier. there had been a direct hit on an oil tank in the Quarantine area which, earlier this month, was the scene of fierce artillery and tank duels. More than four hundred people are estimated to have died in the recent fighting. Many buildings once again bear the scars of fighting.
One of the points of the plan which emerged from a meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers in Beirut this week was that Syrian troops should withdraw from some positions and this has begun. It's reported that the sporadic sniper fire, which has plagued the city for weeks, has subsided with the withdrawal. The Syrians are being replaced when they withdrew by Saudi and Sudanese troops.
Whether the most recent attempt to de-fuse the situation in Lebanon works or not, the tide of refugees from the country continues to flow to places like Cyprus, itself with a history of civil war and divisions, - but presently safer than Lebanon. The situation in Lebanon is far from stable.
One report say that the Sudanese element of the Arab Peacekeeping force in Lebanon is going to pull out. Attempts to persuade Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri to change his mind are reported to have been to no avail.