• Short Summary

    In Lebanon the central government's first attempt to reassert its authority over the southern region of the country close to the Israeli border failed on Monday (31 July) when Lebanese army troops were forced to halt 40 kilometres (25 miles) short of their destination.

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    In Lebanon the central government's first attempt to reassert its authority over the southern region of the country close to the Israeli border failed on Monday (31 July) when Lebanese army troops were forced to halt 40 kilometres (25 miles) short of their destination.

    SYNOPSIS: The abortive deployment of about 500 regular troops had been planned for more than a year and was the first attempt to send the Lebanese army into the south since the 1975-76 civil war, which brought about the disintegration of the armed forces into rival factions. Israeli-backed Lebanese Christian militias are determined to prevent the army from entering areas along the border
    The column of regulars stopped at a United Nations checkpoint manned by Nepalese soldiers in the village of Kawkaba. According to the army command in Beirut the advancing troops came under "concentrated Israeli shelling" - but according to reports from Kawkaba the shelling was said to have come from Lebanese Christians.

    Eyewitnesses reported that the village was rocked by explosions and machine-gun fire. According to reports from Israel the army units were shelled after failing to heed a Christian ultimatum to withdraw from the Kawkaba area. The Lebanese army unit Commander, Colonel Adib Saad, spoke to Visnews reporter Anthony Steward about the problems he is facing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4LV1J6C023TXZQ9MC8NCAKP3L
    Media URN:
    VLVA4LV1J6C023TXZQ9MC8NCAKP3L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
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    N/A

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