Four days after the bomb blasts on October 23 at the United States and French barracks in Beirut, rescue workers were still searching through the rubble for casualties.
BEIRUT, LEBANON - (26 OCTOBER, 1983) (VISNEWS)
GV Crane lifting rubble off bulldozer; SV Man being pulled out of wreckage and put into ambulance (2 SHOTS)
Background: Four days after the bomb blasts on October 23 at the United States and French barracks in Beirut, rescue workers were still searching through the rubble for casualties. And on October 26 there was nearly another fatal incident at the ruins of the American base when a wall collapsed on to a bulldozer which was trying to clear the area. The driver was trapped in his cab but was not seriously injured. Heavy lifting fear had to be diverted to free him before he could be rushed to hospital. The other danger at the site has been sniping from Moslem positions and armed guards have bee posted. The US forces have stepped up security in Beirut since the attack. This follows fierce criticism from US congressmen who wanted to know how the truck, loaded with explosives could have breached the defences around the base so easily. Meanwhile, in the United States , military officials have been breaking the news of casualties to relatives. Some families. hearing that their sons or brothers are missing, are clinging to the hope that they may still be alive - refusing to accept death until a body is found.