• Short Summary

    The thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks that have entered the Lebanon were reported to have dug in near the eastern town of Chtqura on Thursday (3 June).

  • Description

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    GV PAN Bekaa Valley
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    2.
    GV PAN Syrian tanks and trucks in distance
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    3.
    SV Lebanese leftist surveys valley
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    4.
    SV OAN Armed leftists looking over valley
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    5.
    SV Armed Lebanese leftists (3 shots)
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    6.
    GV PAN (BEIRUT) Crowd in street
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    7.
    SV Flower sellers (2 shots)
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    8.
    SV Man loading provisions into car
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    9.
    GV Empty street PAN TO closed bank
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    Background: The thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks that have entered the Lebanon were reported to have dug in near the eastern town of Chtqura on Thursday (3 June). They are apparently awaiting political developments between the left wing and right-wing factions in the Lebanese civil war.

    In the capital, Beirut, during the day left-wing parties organised a general strike against the Syrian military intervention.

    All shops were closed except for some food stores, and both sides hinted that a third force of provocateurs was at work in the city trying to stir up fresh fighting. On Wednesday night (2 June) a barrage of shells fell into the populous left-wing stronghold of Sabra and right and left-wing newspapers indicated that the attack was most the work of the Falangists or their right-wing allies.

    Left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt has called the Syrian intervention an invasion and left-wing parties have resolved to "resist the Syrian military occupation with all means at their disposal".

    Egypt and the Soviet Union are among the countries the Lebanese leftists have asked for help and Egypt's Foreign Minister Mr. Ismail Fahmi has issued a formal note to the Arab League accusing Syria of worsening the military situation in the Lebanon. The note said Syrian intervention had increased the possibility of "a dangerous armed clash with the Palestinian Revolution".

    The Syrians have maintained throughout that their military force in Lebanon is there in an attempt to stop the war, not start one.

    SYNOPSIS: The Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon where thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks have dug in near the town of Chtqura. They are awaiting political development between the left and right-wing factions in the civil war. The Syrians have maintained throughout that their military force in Lebanon is there in an attempt to stop the war, not start one. But these left-wing militia have said they will block the Syrians if they try to advance the 30 miles towards Beirut, and left-wing parties have resolved to resist the Syrians with all the means at their disposal.

    The Lebanese left-wing Nationalist Movement has asked Egypt, the Soviet Union and other Arab countries to help and Egypt's Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmi has issued a formal note to the Arab League accusing Syria of worsening the military situation in the Lebanon. The note said Syrian military intervention had increased the possibility of fighting with the Palestine Revolution and required an urgent collective Arab move. Egypt has backed the Palestine Liberation Organisation in calling for a meeting of Arab foreign ministers.

    In the capital, Beirut, during the day left-wing parties had organised a general strike against the Syrian military presence.

    All shops were closed except for some food stores. The right-wing Falangists, until recently publicly in favour of Syria's role, have not greeted the Syrian military intervention with any enthusiasm either.

    On Thursday, both right and left wing newspapers hinted that a third force of unnamed provocateurs was at work in the city. The night before this strike shells fell into the left-wing stronghold of Sabra and both sides believe the attack was not the work of the Falangists.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA188XUPPLZB07KEEQ1SFWGA70C
    Media URN:
    VLVA188XUPPLZB07KEEQ1SFWGA70C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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