Continued fighting in Lebanon has resulted in hundreds of deaths and the collapse of the Government.
CU Palestinian commandos placing wreath on jeep PAN UP TO other commandos holding guns.
GV Commando convoy ZOOM OUT TO ambulance arriving to collect coffin.
SV Flowers and flag being placed on coffin in bad of ambulance. (2 SHOTS)
GV Cortege driving off slowly. commandos in jeep with machine guns.
GV House which has been hit by shell, ZOOM INTO damage ... damaged car parked outside. (2 SHOTS)
CU Sign south Tyre - ZOOM OUT TO Red Cross ambulance driving along road.
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Background: Continued fighting in Lebanon has resulted in hundreds of deaths and the collapse of the Government. President Elias Sarkis accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss on Wednesday (16 July). The announcement of the resignation, which will not take effect immediately, has plunged Lebanon into a new period of political uncertainty.
SYNOPSIS: As the death toll rises in Lebanon, so does the political tension.
In the coastal town of Tyre in the south of the country, bitter fighting between Palestinian guerrillas and Christian militia forces has left more dead.
As these Palestinian commandos prepare a military funeral for their dead, the rest of Lebanon is counting the costs of internal fighting between Christian factions. Recent fighting between the Christian Falangist militia and their fellow Christian right-wing National Liberal Party (NLP) has left an estimated 300 dead. The Falangist military chiefs are planning to regroup a rightist force. A spokesman for the group said the new force with a potential strength of 40-thousand territory in Lebanon'; a reference to the Syrian Palestinian presence in parts of the country.
After the civil war in 1975-76, divisions of land gave the Christians control of the north-west of the country, while a combination of Palestinian, Moslem and syrian forces control much of the south and east. In the southern port town of Tyre, a fierce artillery battle has left many of the houses uninhabitable. United Nations forces tried unsuccessfully to arrange a ceasefire. They are investigating the incident.