Six members of the left-wing 'Mourabitoun' militia were shot dead in the Lebanese town of Damour on September 1.
GV Bodies lying in road surrounded by french soldiers.
SV Soldiers on guard carrying guns. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mourabitoun onlookers with soldiers.
SVs ZOOM INTO CUs Three dead men. (3 SHOTS)
GV People watching. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Bodies being lifted onto stretchers and put into waiting ambulances. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Bodies being carried through streets. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Injured man in back of ambulance. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Six members of the left-wing 'Mourabitoun' militia were shot dead in the Lebanese town of Damour on September 1. The killings were thought to have been carried out by the right-wing Christian Phalangist militia, the military strength behind Lebanon's newly-elected President Bashir Gemayel. The Mourabitoun deaths herald what many fear will be the start of another civil war in this already-devastated country. Led by Ibrahim Koleilat, the 700-strong Mourabitoun warriors are sworn enemies of the Christian Phalangists and have fought shoulder with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) since the war began in June. Political moves are underway amongst the Left-Muslim Alliance to reach a compromise with President Gemayel's party but the future of Lebanon's relations with Israel has become a sticking point in the discussions. It is also almost impossible for the politicians to control the numerous left-wing militias. The Mourabitoun group, founded by Libya's Colonel Gaddafi, is reported to have taken over heavy armaments from departing PLO guerrillas, in contravention of the evacuation agreement.