In the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the United States embassy was damaged in a rocket attack on Monday (2 April).
GV EXTERIOR U.S. Embassy building in Avenue de Paris, Beirut with troops outside (3 shots)
GV ZOOM IN Broken window at embassy (2 shots)
LV Embassy staff and marine on balcony
GV Damaged window
GV Embassy staff on balcony
GV Armed men on road near embassy (2 shots)
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: In the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the United States embassy was damaged in a rocket attack on Monday (2 April).
SYNOPSIS: The Embassy in the Avenue de Paris on the capital's seafront was hit by two armour piercing rockets in the attack. The rocket propelled grenades slammed into the first and fifth floors of the building.
Two rooms were badly damaged, but they were unoccupied at the time and an embassy spokesman said later that no-one was injured. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but it comes only a day after an Iranian-based Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Hani Al-Hassan said that PLO guerrillas planned to attack United States property and interests and promised "days of hellfire and brimstone". The PLO leader Yasser Arafat has already called for attacks on American interests in response to the American role in securing the treaty between Israel and Egypt.