• Short Summary

    As the uneasy truck continues in most of Lebanon, Lebanese are still crossing into Israel at selected points for goods and medical services in short supply in their own war-torn country.

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    As the uneasy truck continues in most of Lebanon, Lebanese are still crossing into Israel at selected points for goods and medical services in short supply in their own war-torn country.

    SYNOPSIS: During a recent visit to the border areas near southern Lebanon, the Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. Shimon Peres, said the movement could be the beginning of an open bridges policy between the two countries Israeli clinics along the border have treated more than 2,000 Lebanese villagers in the past eight weeks.

    Lebanese vehicles crossing the border have their licence plates covered with temporary Israeli plates. The southern Lebanese are reported to have said they feel the shortage of food and fuel more than the war itself since their supply lines from Beirut had been cut. The possibility has also been raised by Israelis for buying produce which Lebanese farmers can no longer market in Beirut. Tobacco -- an important Lebanese crop -- is already being bought by a Israeli cigarette monopoly.

    Among the goods sought by the Lebanese are basic food stuffs. Also car spare parts, fuel and liquefied gas. Israel has already given some goods and services free to Lebanon in the form of humanitarian aid. Poultry is a popular item of exchange for Lebanese currency. In the nearby Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona the centre of Lebanese trading is the Hamashbir store. It is here they can buy the oil, sugar, flour and salt, as well as bread. Lebanese pounds are accepted in exchange for credit notes and United States dollars are coming across the border too. Visnews reporters there say the good relations being established in this way are not new but existed long before the state of Israel came into being.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4BXSG9AEU9P2TKD2G7MUHJCZU
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BXSG9AEU9P2TKD2G7MUHJCZU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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