Sporadic sniping and shell fire was reported around Beirut on August 3, but overall the ceasefire -- the ninth since the fighting began -- seems to be holding.
West Beirut (DIETZ): GV Beirut buildings with tanks in foreground.
SV Column of Israeli tanks wait on roadside.
SV TRACKING Israeli tanks in Beirut.
East Beirut: GV ZOOM IN SV & SV PAN Shattered building (3 SHOTS)
South of Beirut
(SHARON): GV & SVs United Nations troops at Israeli checkpoint. (5 SHOTS)
(SHARON): GV Sign reading 'Welcome to Nabatiyeh'.
GV Crowds in Nabatiyeh street.
SVs Workmen clearing rubble from street. (3 SHOTS)
GV TRACKING SHOT Nabatiyeh street.
Background: Sporadic sniping and shell fire was reported around Beirut on August 3, but overall the ceasefire -- the ninth since the fighting began -- seems to be holding. This followed a day of intensive military preparations and diplomatic activity on August 2. Tanks had taken up positions just north of the airport and were said to be inching forward. Other tanks poured into central Beirut and took up positions on the Green Line that separates the Christian and Moslem sides of the city. This included a big concentration of tanks at the crossing point at the city's former museum. Meanwhile, about ten people died when a single shell shattered an apartment block on August 2. This was in Christian east Beirut. The Israeli Army later admitted it had made a mistake. Diplomatic manoeuvres were also continuing. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) says it wants an international peace keeping force established in Beirut before it withdraws. Israel opposes such an arrangement. The Security Council has proposed sending observers into Beirut, but Israel says it cannot decide on this until after a cabinet meeting on August 5. On August 2 a mixed force of United Nations troops from the south tried to enter Beirut. They were stopped at an Israeli roadblock between Damour and Beirut and turned back. The force was led by an Australian officer, Colonel John Leggate, who said the force had been asked to come by the Lebanese government. Meanwhile, life is returning to normal in the southern Lebanese town of Nabatiyeh. Local authorities and the Israelis are assisting each other to clear up the town and re-establish services. The streets are crowded with cars and shoppers.