• Short Summary

    Life in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has returned to normal following Wednesday's (16 April) ceasefire between the predominantly-Christian, right-wing Falangist Party and Palestinians.

  • Description

    Life in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has returned to normal following Wednesday's (16 April) ceasefire between the predominantly-Christian, right-wing Falangist Party and Palestinians.

    This ceasefire -- regarded as fragile in the city -- followed four days of bitter street fighting between the two sides. Police sources said that at least 120 people had been killed and hundreds more injured. In fact, these figures may be much higher. The final toll will probably never be known.

    The tension in Lebanon following these four days of internecine fighting is still high. This was shown on Thursday (17 April) in the village of Bkerke, just outside the city. Bkerke is a Maronite Christian community and has clear Falangist leanings. Hundreds of villagers gathered in the main square -- many were armed -- to receive direction from their leaders on how they should react to the ceasefire.

    The fighting broke out over the weekend when a bus-load of Palestinians was fired on in the city. Both sides denied responsibility for initiating the attack. But the Falangists have made no secret of their dissatisfaction with having 12,000 armed Palestinians in Lebanon. They say their presence threatens the independence of the state.

    Relations between the Palestinians and the right-wingers -- both of them heavily armed -- have been tense since the Commandos established themselves in Lebanon after the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

    They have fought each other several times since then ... but this week's clashes -- which saw the use of rifles, machine guns, rockets and mortars -- were the worst so far.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA41EP49DWTW0387ILQEK2NM8LC
    Media URN:
    VLVA41EP49DWTW0387ILQEK2NM8LC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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