The Lebanese Army used huge bulldozers and earth loaders on July 5 to demolish barricades along the so-called Green Line, which had separated Beirut's warring factions for more than five months.
1. SV PAN Soldiers walking in badly damaged street. (2 SHOTS) 0.20
2. SV Soldiers looking in direction of sound of gun-fire (No SOT of shot) (2 SHOTS) 0.42
3. SV Soldiers inspecting shell. 0.48
4. GV Bulldozer clearing barricade. (3 SHOTS) 0.59
5. SV Soldiers talking and using walkie-talkie. (2 SHOTS) 1.06
6. SV Two men clearing road in port crossing area. 1.14
7. GVs Cars at crossing point. (5 SHOTS) 1.53
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
The Lebanese Army used huge bulldozers and earth loaders on July 5 to demolish barricades along the so-called Green Line, which had separated Beirut's warring factions for more than five months. Work proceeded slowly as many engineers tried to remove large mounds of sand, earth and rubble thrown up and fortified by Christian and Moslem militiamen. The rival militias had been banned from the streets while the clean-up operation went on. For a second day running the capital was reported relatively quiet. A few bursts of small arms fire were heard but no casualties were reported. The army began removing the barricades after members of the "National Unity" government reached agreement on a new peace plan, which called for militiamen to withdraw from the streets and for the army to take over security. However efforts to re-open the airport on July 6 received a set-back. Christian leaders had demanded better security along roads leading to the airport. Army sources said at least one more day would be needed to complete the re-opening of all crossings on roads leading to the airport. The peace plan calls for the army to provide a helicopter service for East Beirut residents afraid to travel to the airport by car.
Source: REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH