There's been more fighting in the southern Lebanon, where Israeli-backed Rightists are maintaining their siege of key positions held by joint Palestinian and Leftist forces.
GV: The town of Ibn Al Saqi, with shell exploding near church.
SV: Commandos behind sandbags.
SV: Commandos running across streets. (THREE SHOTS)
GV: Damaged buildings in town. (TWO SHOTS)
LV: Commando jeep through main street.
CU PAN: Debris and damaged building. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: People walking through rubble.
GV: Main street with damaged buildings.
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Background: There's been more fighting in the southern Lebanon, where Israeli-backed Rightists are maintaining their siege of key positions held by joint Palestinian and Leftist forces. Meanwhile, Lebanese President Elias Sarkis has been pressing ahead with diplomatic efforts to end the fighting...including discussions with the American Ambassador in Beirut. The heaviest fighting's been taking place in a seven-mile (12 kilometre) long eclave along the explosive frontier with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: Heavy artillery from Israeli-backed Rightists has pounded the key town of Ibn Al Saqi for over a week. The small town is a Palestinian-Leftist stronghold...and with the town of Khaim forms an axis in the 7-miles long eclave holding out against the forces of Israeli-backed Rightists.
Damage in the town has been heavy over the past few days..but according to the Palestinian and Leftist guerrillas, they've lost only one dead and two injured, both of whom were women.
So far, no change of positions has been reported along the explosive frontier...Palestinian commandos and their left-wing Lebanese allies have been holding on to the shattered town of Ibn Al Saqi...and to the other town in the axis, Khiam, which is now reported devastated by the shelling.