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    SUCHITOTO, EL SALVADOR

    Left-wing guerrillas launched a large-scale attack on the town of Suchitoto on November 9 in what diplomatic sources say was a show of strength before peace talks with the Government, due to take place later this month.

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    NBC:
    1. SVs Guerrillas on patrol in clearing (3 shots) 0.28
    2. SV Guerrillas listening to walkie-talkies and speaking (SPANISH SOT) 0.44
    3. GVs Guerrillas on patrol 0.54
    4. SVs Government soldiers loading bodies on to truck as woman watches (2 shots) 1.04
    5. GV Soldiers entering town 1.11
    6. SV Bodies loaded on to truck (2 shots) 1.45
    FABRE:
    7. GV & SVs Damaged buildings and children in debris (4 shots) 1.57
    8. SVs People leaving with belongings loaded on to car (3 shots) 2.07
    9. SVs Man at window of damaged building and women pushing belongings and baby on handcart (2 shots) 2.14
    10. CU Children with bullet belts round necks 2.19
    11. GVs Soldiers in town (2 shots) 2.25
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    Background: SUCHITOTO, EL SALVADOR

    Left-wing guerrillas launched a large-scale attack on the town of Suchitoto on November 9 in what diplomatic sources say was a show of strength before peace talks with the Government, due to take place later this month. Military sources say some 500 guerrillas took on a 300-strong force of police and civil defence men in the early hours of November 9. It was the largest guerrilla offensive in three months. The guerrillas massed round the town, 3 kilometres (20 miles) from San Salvador in a guerrilla-dominated area. Each sides claimed to have inflicted 100 casualties each, but military sources claim the guerrillas were unable to overwhelm the Government forces. Both sides have made clear that each other's peace terms are unacceptable. The guerrillas have been calling for peace talks since the election of Christian Democratic President Jose Napoleon Duarte in May, but Duarte's margin for concession is limited. He has a powerful right-wing opposition and his backers in the United States believe the army can beat the guerrilla forces. The El Salvadorean army moved some 1,000 troops into Suchitoto to ensure the guerrillas were repulsed. More than 50,000 people, mainly civilians, have died in the rebels' five-year-old war to topple the Government.

    Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (NBC)/REUTERS - FREDERIC FABRE

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    Film ID:
    VLVAVANFCWVMU3UN67VW14YFBT57
    Media URN:
    VLVAVANFCWVMU3UN67VW14YFBT57
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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