On September 19, the burial of victims from the Beirut refugee camp massacres was continuing.
1. GV Red Cross workers covering bodies with blankets in roadway and in alley (4 shots) 0.33
2. SV Women and other people crying in streets as Red Cross officials arrive (2 shots) 0.45
3. LV & GV Israeli armoured vehicles and troops on raodway (4 shots) 1.09
4. SV & GV Lebanese people applaud an Lebanese armoured vehicles drive past (4 shots) 1.33
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
On September 19, the burial of victims from the Beirut refugee camp massacres was continuing. At the same time Israeli armoured columns were withdrawing from the area. Red Cross officials who have been helping Lebanese soldiers bury the victims say more than 1,000 civilians, many of them women and children, died in 14 hours of shooting allegedly carried out by right-wing Christian Falangists in the vicinity of Israeli positions. Amid conflicting reports accusing Israeli troops of complicity in the killings, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin firmly denied any government responsibility in the matter. Mr. Begin had defied United Nations directives by ordering Israeli troops into West Beirut to allegedly safeguard law as order in the city after the murder of Lebanese President-elect Bashir Gemayel on September 14. As these units departed several hundred Lebanese soldiers arrived to take control of the mainly Moslem area. Lebanese troops cordoned off all roads to Shatila, where victims were being buried in mass graves.
Source: REUTERS BEIRUT