INTRODUCTION: Israel has decided to continue reconnaissance flights over Lebanon, despite last Friday's (24 July) ceasefire.
KIRYAT SHMONA, ISRAEL 24 & 26 JULY, 1981 ( REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN, ISRAEL)
GV & SV Israel: People and soldiers getting off buses at Kiryat Shmona. (3 SHOTS) 0.30
SV Women weeping at head of funeral procession and being comforted. 0.38
GV Coffin being carried to cemetery. 0.46
SV Coffin at graveside, PAN TO hysterical man. 1.10
SV Coffin being lowered into grave. (3 SHOTS) 1.28
SV Workers fill in grave. 1.36
SV Soldiers looking on PAN TO burial 1.40
BEIRUT, LEBANON (REUTERS - MOHAMMED AWWAD, LEBANON)
GV Lebanon: Coffins being carried through streets in Beirut, followed by crowd. 2.06
SV Mourners. (2 SHOTS) 2.23
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel has decided to continue reconnaissance flights over Lebanon, despite last Friday's (24 July) ceasefire. Prime Minister Menachem Begin announced this decision to his Parliamentary Defence Committee, but added that he hoped the ceasefire would last for weeks, if not months. Since the fighting ended, funerals have been held on both sides of the border for those killed during the War of Attrition.
SYNOPSIS: The northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona was under almost constant attack during the fighting. Now the people who left the township are returning, along with the men called up for military service. As cleaning-up operations continued, the toll inflicted by rockets and artillery shells was being counted in terms of human lives lost. Many people arrived back to attend the funerals of relatives or friends.
This funeral was for the victim of a rocket attack, launched just before the ceasefire was announced.
Kiryat Shmona also saw millions of dollars' worth of crops destroyed in fires started by the rockets.
Both Prime Minister Begin and Opposition leader Shimon Peres have visited this Galilee development town in recent days to extend their sympathy to relatives of the victims. The next-of-kin weren't able to hide their sorrow and many became grief-stricken despite the comforting of friends.
With the ceasefire in its fourth day (27 July) the Israeli High Command claimed there had been four violations of the truce. They said the latest attack involved a salvo of rockets landing in the South Lebanese enclave controlled by the Lebanese Christian militia. The communique did not mention damage of casualties, but said neither the Israelis nor the militia returned the fire.
South of Beirut, two Lebanese and several Palestinians were killed when Israeli commandos stormed ashore on Thursday (23 July). Funerals were held for the victims in the Lebanese capital while mourners remembered how Palestinian guerrillas repulsed the attack. A military spokesman said the raiders were forced back to waiting gunboats which then put out to sea.
A large number of people were killed in Israeli air-raids over southern Lebanon, including the massive bombardment of Beirut which claimed several hundred lives. Many others died when bridges over the Hasbani River were attacked.
While both sides buried their dead, United States Special Envoy Philip Habib predicted the fragile calm over the Middle East would lead to peace. After briefing President Reagan on the ceasefire. Mr. Habib said he expected to resume his peace shuttle soon, but did not have a firm date for his departure from Washington.