While attention centres on the political and military situation in southern Lebanon, work continues to try to improve conditions for those made homeless in the fighting.
MV PAN EXTERIOR Arab refugee with donkey walks through Abbasyia in southern Lebanon
GVs Israeli trucks carrying prefabricated houses arrive in Abbasyia (2 shots)
GV Israeli troops unloading prefabricated houses from trucks (3 shots)
GV Tyre PULL BACK TO MV house erected in Abbasyia
MV Prefabricated houses
MV Arabs plastering inside of house
MVs Arabs and Israeli soldiers repairing blast-damaged houses (5 shots)
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Background: While attention centres on the political and military situation in southern Lebanon, work continues to try to improve conditions for those made homeless in the fighting. As United Nations forces move into positions between the Palestinian guerrillas and Israeli occupation forces, more than 1,000 Israeli troops have been assigned to help those Lebanese who have either lost their homes or had them badly damaged by shelling.
SYNOPSIS: One of the places to receive Israeli help is Abbasyia, once a prosperous village within sight of Tyre.
Abbasyia is a village, which had a population in the region of 8,000 people, and it has been almost totally destroyed by shelling from land and sea. The Israelis have been bringing in prefabricated buildings by the truckload in an attempt to bring some sort of normality back to the lives of the villagers, many of whom have lost everything under tons of rubble.
As yet there is no centrally-organised re-housing plan, but several hundred Israeli units have ben assigned to the project.
In the Tyre area many villages have been abandoned, with villagers joining the stream of refugees making their way to Beirut. Others have stayed, however, to help repair the damage.
While the repair work goes on, reports from southern Lebanon on Thursday (30 March) said that the United Nations peace-keeping forces had suffered their first casualties on Wednesday. A Swedish U.N. soldier died, and another was seriously injured, when their car ran over a landmine near one of the three bridges across the strategic Litani river.