INTRODUCTION Life in the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon has almost completely returned to normal after three months of peace, since the end of the 19-month civil war.
GV: traffic in streets of Tripoli. (3 shots)
GV: people in streets looking at newspapers and shop windows.
GV AND CU : fishermen and boys preparing nets at dockside.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Life in the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon has almost completely returned to normal after three months of peace, since the end of the 19-month civil war.
SYNPOSIS: The Syrian peace-keeping troops who moved into the city in November last year under an Arab League mandate are barely visible, and try to minimise their presence. The lebanese Police Force is once again on the streets...a clear indication of the relaxing of tension in northern Lebanon. However, it could still be some time before the city returns to its former prosperity. Untold damage has been done to Tripoli and repairs to damage could cost millions of pounds.
Tripoli was held by left-wing forces during the civil war and suffered heavy bombardment from right-wing troops trying to take control. More than 2,000 civilian alone were killed in the fighting. Oil refineries around the port suffered some damage during the war, but were not seriously affected. The were not seriously affected. The port remained open during the fighting, and was one of the main avenues of escape for refugees fleeing the hostilities. Now, the fishermen are able to return in peace.