Despite isolated clashes around West Beirut on July 18, the week-long ceasefire between Israeli and Palestine guerrilla forces still holds.
BEIRUT , LEBANON JULY 17-18, 1982 REUTERS - MOHAMMED AWWAD
GV Wrecked Lebanese airlines aircraft on tarmac at Beirut airport. (5 SHOTS) 0.18
SV Interior closed airport lounge. 0.20
SV Injured cat walking through deserted airport lounge and shattered glass on floor. (2 SHOTS) 0.27
GV Burnt out buses. (2 SHOTS) 0.40
Background: Despite isolated clashes around West Beirut on July 18, the week-long ceasefire between Israeli and Palestine guerrilla forces still holds. But buildings in and around the Lebanese capital are in ruins. At Beirut International Airport wrecked Middle East Airways planes are a sombre reminder of the cost of war. Even pets have been made to suffer. At a news conference on July 18, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat expressed little confidence in recent diplomatic efforts by United States envoy Philip Habib. At a rally in Jerusalem on July 17, Defence Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel was willing to offer temporary shelter to Palestinians not involved directly in the conflict. The PLO has offered no reaction to a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin who told cheering crowds that the guerrillas had less that 30 days to leave Beirut. On July 18, explosions at an Israeli ammunition dump created panic in Tiberias and North Israel. The first blast set off a series of other explosions which thundered across Galilee for three hours. Israeli officers had previously warned that some of the ammunition was dangerous.