• Short Summary

    VARIOUS, LEBANON

    Beirut saw in its most peaceful New Year for almost a decade.

  • Description

    January 1, 1983 (AWWAD)
    1. GVs People in flooded street. (5 SHOTS) 0.25
    2. TRACKING SHOT THROUGH CAR WINDSCREEN Flooded streets. 0.31
    3. GV & PAN Roadway broken up by floodwaters. 0.40
    December 31, 1982:
    4. GVs & SVs INTERIOR U.S. Marines at mass. (3 SHOTS) 0.59
    5. SV Marines taking communion. 1.11
    6. GV Priest saying mass. 1.20
    7. GV Italian soldier's pop band. 1.30
    8. GV & SVs Italian troops and civilians listening to band. (4 SHOTS) 1.53
    9. GV PAN Audience applauds. 1.59
    10. GV Hand with watch to camera as troops on stage countdown seconds to new year. 2.11
    11. GV Troops opening bottles of drink to toast new year. 2.25
    GHAZZAWI
    12. SCU (Blue bias) President Gemayel delivering new year message on Lebanon TV (Arabic SOT). 2.46
    13. TRACKING SHOT Barbed wire fence along border post. 2.55
    14. GV Fishermen in Beirut harbour and buildings. (2 SHOTS) 3.09
    InitialsRdeL/JRS


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: VARIOUS, LEBANON

    Beirut saw in its most peaceful New Year for almost a decade. With the Lebanese army patrolling the streets of the capital for the first time since the 1975-76 civil war, there were few salvoes of rifle fire which formerly made it dangerous to join the festivities. However, spirits were somewhat dampened by torrential rain which sent swirling floodwaters down roadways, already damaged by last year's Israeli invasion. Along with causing problems for commuters, the rain also crippled Beirut's telephone system and caused power cuts in some areas. For troops of the multi-national peacekeeping force, the new year in Lebanon was celebrated in the traditional way. A mass was said by priests attached to the United States Marines detachment, and the Marines then took communion. The Italians saw in the new year with a concert in a hospital near Beirut airport. After a countdown to midnight, bottles of champagne and wine were opened to toast 1983. In his televised new year-eve address, President Amin Gemeyel moved to head off possible discontent over the negotiations with Israel for troop withdrawal. He said the talks were aimed at ensuring the sovereignty of Lebanon and the dignity of its people. He called for the strengthening of the national army, which the Lebanese leader said was the focus of the government's efforts to restore the country after eight years of civil strife. The President's speech was presented as a commentary on Lebanon and featured interviews with people from all walks of life and of the plight of the country after years of fighting.

    Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED AWWAD & TEWFIC GHAZZAWI

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4LB9LWZHMXO1BSJGTKCOL5V1C
    Media URN:
    VLVA4LB9LWZHMXO1BSJGTKCOL5V1C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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