Lebanon's ceasefire was still holding on Saturday (30 October), despite delays in implementing an Arab-backed peace plan for ending the 18-month old civil war.
GV Sidon town and harbour, Lebanon (2 shots)
GV Palestinian and leftist front line positions above Sidon (2 shots)
SV Burnt out Syrian army vehicles
GV Towns around Sidon held by Syrians and rightists
SVs Troops around front line positions (2 shots)
LV Syrian tank PULL BACK TO Arab League armoured vehicle
SVs Troops standing by Arab League armoured vehicle (3 shots)
LV Syrian tank on sand track
GV Town of Bint Jubail PULL BACK TO Palestinian gunmen (5 shots)
Reports from Israel on Thursday (28 October) recall that both Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Defence Minister Shimon Peres have said that the Jewish state would not tolerate a resumption of commando activity in southern Lebanon. But precisely what Israel intends to do to check such a development has not yet been made clear. Reuter correspondents touring southern Lebanon have reported that rightist Lebanese forces there have been strengthened with Israeli arms and aid.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Lebanon's ceasefire was still holding on Saturday (30 October), despite delays in implementing an Arab-backed peace plan for ending the 18-month old civil war.
SYNOPSIS: But since Thursday (28 October) Palestinian commandos have been pouring into areas along Lebanon's border with Israel. A Reuters news agency correspondent reporting from the southern port of Sidon said that truck-loads of commandos have been rumbling through the city on their way to the border region. This has come about with the apparent co-operation of Syrian forces and observers quoted by Reuters say that the Syrians - locked in savage fighting with Palestinian forces just two weeks ago -- are seemingly hoping to use the commandos as a means of exerting pressure on Israel before any new negotiations on an end to the Middle East conflict.
And the complex round of negotiations among the various parties involved in the civil war have not yet cleared the way for the projected re-opening of Lebanon's most important highway, the Beirut - Damascus road. All parties have agreed in principle to the neutralization of the road, but diplomacy on the subject has become bogged down in "conditions and counter-conditions."
Around the town of Bint Jubail on the Lebanese-Israeli border Palestinian troops have established gun positions facing right-wing Palestinian officials quoted by Reuters say that this is a "significant development" and that "the Arabs are once again prepared to fight the real enemy -- Israel".