INTRODUCTION: Israeli and Lebanese Christian artillery have continued to shell leftist and Palestinian areas near Tyre and Nabatiyeh, despite the uneasy truce in the country.
GV Ships outside Sidon Harbour. (2 SHOTS)
GV Dock area, Sidon Harbour.
GV Sacks of food being unleaded from barge to track. (3 SHOTS)
GV Tug towing barge towards freighter offshore.
SV PAN Rubble in street and children at Rashidieh Camp.
GV & SV School with children in schoolyard and damaged to building. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Damaged buildings. (8 SHOTS)
SV PAN Syrian Foreign Minister Khaddam walking into building and being greeted by Lebanon's Foreign Minister Butros.
GV PAN Khaddam seated talking to Lebanon's President Sarkis and Butros.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli and Lebanese Christian artillery have continued to shell leftist and Palestinian areas near Tyre and Nabatiyeh, despite the uneasy truce in the country. But one hopeful sign that a durable peace could be established has come following talks between Lebanese officials and Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam. A sign that the fighting already is less intense is reflected in the apparently normal operations at the Port of Sidon.
SYNOPSIS: The port has had its share of attacks, both from Israeli jet warplane and from Christian artillery. The attacks were aimed at Palestinian strongholds and disrupting the port's operations, but not entirely halting them. Freighters are still bringing in essential food supplies.
It's a labour intensive process, with ships having to anchor offshore where they discharge into barges, towed to the docks by tugs.
Although the truce is holding, it's difficult to convince some sectors in the troubled south of Lebanon. This is Rashidieh Camp, populated primarily by refugees, and not far from the port city of Tyre. This area to the south of the port has never been far from the firing line. Casualties have been many; damage has been severe.
Syria's Foreign Minister, Abdel-Halim Khaddam arrived in Lebanon on Monday to begin two days of talks. At the centre of his discussions with Lebanon's President Elias Sarkis and Foreign Minister Fuad Butros was the question of Syrian surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were deployed in East Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in late April after Israeli fighters shot down two Syrian helicopters. Mr. Khaddam dismissed the Israeli demand to withdraw the missiles as "not deserving discussion", but he's still more optimistic about a lasting peace. Discussions on concrete steps will be held when he returns at the weekend.