• Short Summary

    The Lebanese Government began preparing its troops on January 10 to take control of additional areas of the country.The military manoeuvres were part of a controversial security plan aimed at creating buffer zones between the country's principal factions.The troops pulled back, however, after a strong statement from the leader of Lebanon's Syrian-backed Druze Militia, Walid Jumblatt.Speaking from Damascus, Jumblatt said obstacles to the plan still remained.As troops waited to move again on January 11, fighting broke out between Army troops and Shi'ite militiamen Beirut's southern suburbs, where one person was killed by sniper fire.In another incident, gunmen firing automatic weapons attacked a military post at the French Embassy.A French military spokesman said the French troops fired back there were no casualties.Under the security plan the Lebanese Army is to take up positions close to Israeli-held territory.A Lebanese Cabinet statement on January 11 appeared to refer to the possibility of an Israeli pullout from Southern Lebanon before the Army could move in.The Beirut Government fears a sudden vacuum in the south could lead to a full scale war.Recent Israeli Government statements said its troops would hold their positions at the strategic Awali River until a total withdrawal from Lebanon could be carried out.Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Arens said on January 11 that the Lebanese Government should take the responsibility of policing Southern Lebanon in order to prevent anti-Israeli terrorist activities being launched from the south.Mr Arens described the Syrian presence in Lebanon as a "destructive influence", and called on Syrian troops to leave the country.

  • Description

    LEBANON: JANUARY 11 (KASSEM):

    GV & SV Shi'ite militiamen shooting in street (6 shots)

    Background: The Lebanese Government began preparing its troops on January 10 to take control of additional areas of the country.The military manoeuvres were part of a controversial security plan aimed at creating buffer zones between the country's principal factions.The troops pulled back, however, after a strong statement from the leader of Lebanon's Syrian-backed Druze Militia, Walid Jumblatt.Speaking from Damascus, Jumblatt said obstacles to the plan still remained.As troops waited to move again on January 11, fighting broke out between Army troops and Shi'ite militiamen Beirut's southern suburbs, where one person was killed by sniper fire.In another incident, gunmen firing automatic weapons attacked a military post at the French Embassy.A French military spokesman said the French troops fired back there were no casualties.Under the security plan the Lebanese Army is to take up positions close to Israeli-held territory.A Lebanese Cabinet statement on January 11 appeared to refer to the possibility of an Israeli pullout from Southern Lebanon before the Army could move in.The Beirut Government fears a sudden vacuum in the south could lead to a full scale war.Recent Israeli Government statements said its troops would hold their positions at the strategic Awali River until a total withdrawal from Lebanon could be carried out.Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Arens said on January 11 that the Lebanese Government should take the responsibility of policing Southern Lebanon in order to prevent anti-Israeli terrorist activities being launched from the south.Mr Arens described the Syrian presence in Lebanon as a "destructive influence", and called on Syrian troops to leave the country.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADIS7N7VAVTFXYR1227OYR1EC
    Media URN:
    VLVADIS7N7VAVTFXYR1227OYR1EC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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