In Southern Lebanon, leftist Lebanese Arab army leader Lieutenant Khatib has spoken in support of the recently announced Libya-Syria merger.
SC PAN FROM Troops (of the leftist Arab army) to Lieutenant Khatib, commander of the army.
GV OF Crowds cheering and waving as Lt. Khatib arrives.
SV Crowds applauding and dancing.
SV Lt. Khatib shakes hands with graduate soldiers and presents them with certificates.
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Lt. Khatib taking salute from march past.
CU Troops carrying rocket launchers in parade.
GV Armed troops jumping from back of lorry during combat demonstration.
LV Lt. Khatib addressing crowd from rostrum in Arabic. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: In Southern Lebanon, leftist Lebanese Arab army leader Lieutenant Khatib has spoken in support of the recently announced Libya-Syria merger. At a graduation ceremony near Sidon on Sunday (14 September), Lieutenant Khatib pledged his troops as part of the army of that union. He also said they were opposed to the Lebanese authorities, Zionism and Imperialism.
SYNOPSIS: The leftist Lebanese Arab army is an off-shoot from the Lebanese army. It broke away from the Lebanese army during the 1975 - 1976 war, which left the Christian element in Lebanon largely in control of the country. It's against the Christians and the Israelis that the bulk of their fighting is done.
The leader of the breakaway group is Lieutenant Khatib. He is seen here presenting his troops with graduation certificates at one of the army's strongholds near Sidon in the Kharroub area of southern Lebanon.
Lieutenant Khatib's forces are pro-Moslem and he has made it clear he is happy with last Wednesday's (10 September) announcement of a merger between Syria and the Libyan Jamahiriyah. The union is basically aimed at strengthening Arab unity in the two nations' spheres of influence, particularly in Lebanon where they have many ideological colleagues like Lieutenant Khatib.
The ceremony includes a show of strength with soldiers marching past carrying rocket-launchers.
Lieutenant Khatib told his supporters that the troops of the Lebanese Arab army were in the forefront of the plan of confrontation against Imperialism and Zionism, their agents, and the Lebanese authorities.
He went on to welcome the recently proclaimed merger between Syria and Libya and said the Lebanese Arab army considered itself part of the army of that union.