Resistance in the embattled Iranian city of Khorramshahr was waning on Tuesday (21 October), as Iraqi forces tightened their hold on both this vital port and the big oil complex of Abadan.
GV & SV Landscape at Khorramshahr.
GV PAN FROM Khorramshahr TO roadside.
GV & SV Bomb damaged fortress. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SV INT Damage in Fortress. (4 SHOTS)
GV Road sign of Ahwaz PAN TO road.
GV & SV Iraqi flag over building ZOOM OUT TO SHOW lorry passing soldier.
SV Tracking Shot Destroyed ground station.
GV & SV Wrecked ground station. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Wreckage of shot down plane. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Resistance in the embattled Iranian city of Khorramshahr was waning on Tuesday (21 October), as Iraqi forces tightened their hold on both this vital port and the big oil complex of Abadan. After eleven days of siege, the few hundred defending partisans in Khorramshahr were running out of food and ammunition.
SYNOPSIS: While street-to-street fighting continues in the city centre, the battle for the key port is actually being won on the outskirts, along the supply lines. The Iraqis control these routes and are using them to strangle resistance.
The Iranians have admitted the situation is desperate and, in spite of appeals from the defenders, cannot send in reinforcements and supplies. Instead, the Iranian authorities have incited the fighters to go out and drink the "nectar of martyrs" with a clear conscience.
The defenders have sent out appeals for much needed water, food, ammunition and weapons. But Teheran radio reported on Tuesday (21 October) that the defenders were repulsing the Iraqi forces in spite of their lack of reinforcements.
The Iraqis are applying the same starvation tactics at Ahwaz, the capital of Iran's oil-producing province, by trying to cut off the 96th Iranian division entrenched in the city.
Iranian leaders were considering on Monday (20 October) a proposal for mediation by the Islamic Conference delegation headed by its Secretary General Habib Chatti.
Mr. Chatti met with Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Ayatollah Khomeini and the speaker of the Iranian parliament to present his proposal. He told journalists it was essential to stop the war before either side achieved a dominant position. But Iraqi siege tactics employed on Iran's oil triangle seem to be achieving that dominance, at least for the present.