Family and relatives of at least three thousand people who have been kidnapped in reprisal abductions demonstrated in Beirut on June 14.
1. GVs Families of kidnapped people demonstrate with placards. (2 SHOTS) 0.15
2. CU & SV Woman weeps as she holds photographs of boy. (3 SHOTS) 0.30
3. SCU PULL BACK TO SV PAN Mother with girl in crowd. 0.38
4. SV People write slogans on placards. (3 SHOTS) 0.49
5. SV PULL BACK TO GV People chant and shout. (2 SHOTS) 1.05
6. SV & SV PAN Mufti Sheikh Hassan Khaled addresses crowd. (SOT) 1.32
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Family and relatives of at least three thousand people who have been kidnapped in reprisal abductions demonstrated in Beirut on June 14. At Dar el Fatwa. House of the Sunni Moslem community, the demonstrators, including wives and children, called on their religious leaders to try and ensure the safe release of those kidnapped by rival factions. The demonstrators were addressed by Sheikh Hassan Khaled, the Grand Mufti of the Lebanon. On June 15, the only road linking Christian East Beirut, and the mainly Moslem West, was closed after rival militias seized at least 19 trucks and abducted their drivers, according to security sources. Reuters reported that the kidnappings, reflected continued tension between Lebanon's Christian and Moslem militias. On June 11 artillery exchanges between the two factions killed 105 people and wounded 250.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUD MAHFOUZ