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    LA PALMA, SUCHITOTODATE PROVINCE, EL SALVADOR

    The Christmas truce announced unilaterally by Salvadoran rebel forces earlier this month appeared to have been basically effective, even though the government's military authorities never formally accepted the truce proposal.

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    DECEMBER 24:
    1. SVs Guerrillas stopping cars on road (3 shots) 0.14
    2. SV Guerrillas checking drivers' papers 0.18
    3. SVs Salvadoran soldiers with guns (2 shots) 0.23
    4. SVs Guerrillas checking people's luggage and soldier checking identity cards (2 shots) 0.34
    5. GV People on roadside with hands on heads being searched 0.39
    6. GVs Church with Salvadoran troops in streets (4 shots) 0.54
    DECEMBER 25:
    7. GV Troops patrolling village 0.58
    8. CUs Bullet holes in wall, blood on step (2 shots) 1.02
    9. SVs INTERIOR Body of civilian with Salvadoran soldiers with ammunition and rifle (2 shots) 1.10
    10. CU Candle burning near body and CU body (2 shots) 1.17
    11. CU Salvadoran officer, Ochoa, speaking (SPANISH SOT) 1.36
    12. GV Children looking at body 1.41
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    Background: LA PALMA, SUCHITOTODATE PROVINCE, EL SALVADOR

    The Christmas truce announced unilaterally by Salvadoran rebel forces earlier this month appeared to have been basically effective, even though the government's military authorities never formally accepted the truce proposal. Troops from both the rebel and government sides established roadblocks on December 24 to stop and search civilian vehicles in an effort to maintain safe passage for those wishing to spend the Christmas period with relatives. Salvadoran Colonel Sigifredo Ochoa declared on December 25 that rebel units -- in the only known truce violation -- attacked the town of Concepcion Quezaltepeque, some 48 kilometres (approximately 30 miles) north of the capital, San Salvador. At least five rebels and one government soldier were reported killed in the encounter. Rebel spokesmen had earlier announced that they would cease all offensive military actions for two three-day periods around Christmas and New Year's Day -- but only if the army remained away from guerrilla areas. The government's troop movements around Quezaltepeque were apparently considered by the rebels as breaking the truce, resulting in the sharp military exchange around the town.

    Source: REUTERS - FREDERIC FABRE

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    Film ID:
    VLVA482QBRBAKK245WTJMVW69REJ0
    Media URN:
    VLVA482QBRBAKK245WTJMVW69REJ0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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