Following the confrontations between United States Marines and Israeli troops in Beirut earlier this month, the Marines put a white fence as a demarcation line.
1. GV ZOOM University grounds surrounded by wire fence 0.10
2. SV US Marines on patrol around the perimeter of the university (3 shots) 0.23
3. GV Burst water pipe beside road, Marines in armoured vehicle stationed at roadside 0.39
4. GV PAN Marines at roadside base 0.50
5. GV Armoured vehicle patrols along road 0.56
6. GV ZOOM British guard on roof of building close to the university with British flag flying (2 shots) 1.22
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Following the confrontations between United States Marines and Israeli troops in Beirut earlier this month, the Marines put a white fence as a demarcation line. This was done with the object of stopping any further incursions and closely defining areas of jurisdiction. They surrounded the grounds of the Lebanese University with wire fence and maintained patrols round the campus perimiter. Others maintained their positions stationed in armoured vehicles at the roadside. Representatives of the British contingent of the peace-keeping force guarded the roof of a nearby building and made sure their presence was known by anyone who might care to challenge it by flying the Union Flag. The white fence was set up after an embarrassing incident in which an Israeli tank commander was turned back by a Marine officer who told the armoured column leader he would have to kill him to get past. The tank officer ordered his men to withdraw to avoid an incident. Washington protested to Israel over what it saw as repeated Israeli attempts to encroach on to Marine-controlled territory. The Israelis responded to the protests by charging that anti-Israeli guerrillas responsible for attacks east of Beirut had been finding sanctuary in the Lebanese capital.
Source: MOHAMED GHAZZAWI