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    VARIOUS LOCATIONS, LEBANON AND DAMASCUS, SYRIA

    INTRODUCTION: After six days of concentrated aerial bombardment by Israel, the war-weary citizens of Lebanon have been trying to repair the damage to their battered country.

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    VARIOUS LOCATIONS, LEBANON AND DAMASCUS, SYRIA

    GV PAN Destroyed bridge 0.08
    GV & PAN Wrecked petrol station with "Total" sign (2 shots) 0.18
    GV AND PAN Shattered buildings and cars, ZOOM TO bomb crater (2 shots) 0.43
    GV PAN Railway covered with rubble from collapsed road 0.54
    SV Victim's coffin carried by pall bearers 0.58
    SV Mourners 1.02
    SV Coffin being put in ground 1.12
    SV PAN Mourners 1.16
    SV Man firing salute as graves are filled in (2 shots) 1.21 (MUTE)
    SV Delegates at Ba'ath Party meeting in Syria 1.28
    SV President Al-Assad PULL BACK TO LV 1.36
    SV PULL BACK Delegates 1.41
    SV President Al-Assad and delegates (2 shots) 1.48

    Background: VARIOUS LOCATIONS, LEBANON AND DAMASCUS, SYRIA

    INTRODUCTION: After six days of concentrated aerial bombardment by Israel, the war-weary citizens of Lebanon have been trying to repair the damage to their battered country. But a survey of bombed areas indicates this will be no easy task. In towns and villages across the South, bridges are down roads are pitted with bomb craters, and houses lie in ruins. In many settlements, the most urgent task is burying the dead, as grief stricken relatives weep at the graveside. Meanwhile, in Syria, the subject of the raids dominated a meeting of the ruling Ba'ath Party, amid calls for further Syrian involvement in Lebanon.

    SYNOPSIS: This was once a bridge. Before the raid it spanned the entire valley.

    A petrol station, operating under a French franchise. Now it lies in ruins, desolate and abandoned.

    The force of the bombardment was overwhelming. The Israelis reportedly used one-ton bombs in their raids -- and the high explosive charges ripped their targets apart.

    The attacks were Israel's response to Palestinian shelling. When they came, they caused devastation.

    This railway line was rendered unusable. But the road above was still worse hit.

    But the worst result was the toll in human lives. An estimated 300 people died in the raid on Beirut alone. Other raids took place in Tyre, Sidon, Nabatiyah and in villages across the country. Many of the victims were civilians. Others were involved in the fighting and their burials had a military flavour.

    The attacks have aroused anger throughout the Arab world. In Syria, the issue dominated a meeting of the ruling Ba'ath Party's Central Committee. A Syrian decision to install anti-aircraft missiles in Central Lebanon in April provoked a major crisis in Israel. Now Syria faces demands from Lebanese leftists for missile around Beirut. President Hafez Al-Assad's response will be crucial to the future of Lebanon and the whole Middle East.

    Source: REUTERS - ELIE AZZI: REUTERS - TEWFIC GHAZAWI: REUTERS - MARWAN MAKDESI

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    Film ID:
    VLVADTGNJUHB9XSJNZCKF7BTQGPJY
    Media URN:
    VLVADTGNJUHB9XSJNZCKF7BTQGPJY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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