Now that the Arab peace keeping force is imposing peace on the Lebanon, the final damage toll to the war ravaged capital of Beirut can be assessed.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (NOVEMBER 18 ,1975) (REUTERS)
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Background: Now that the Arab peace keeping force is imposing peace on the Lebanon, the final damage toll to the war ravaged capital of Beirut can be assessed. The Lebanese government is going to be left wit ha damage bill of millions of pounds (sterling) for Beirut alone, if the 18 month civil war is finally over.
Damage to buildings is, of course, secondary to the huge death toll. About 60,000 people have been killed and another 200,000 wounded in the Lebanese civil war. The most urgent problem civil authorities face is to house the war refugees.
Thousands of people have had their homes destroyed in the fighting between left and right wing factions. About two million people are believed to need help, and many are maimed or handicapped. Office blocks have been levelled and the famous Beirut sea front hotels have been gutted and severely battered.
Lebanese information Minister Ghassan Tueni says Beirut will need massive aid to start any re-building programme. Once the financial centre of the Middle East, the city now has a landscape dominated by rubble.
But before the Lebanese government can even contemplate re-building, the fragile peace must take a firmer, more permanent hold.