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    Lebanon commemorated its 29th anniversary of Independence today (Wednesday). Highlight of the celebrations was as?

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    Lebanon commemorated its 29th anniversary of Independence today (Wednesday). Highlight of the celebrations was as military parade through the streets of Beirut.

    In view of the recent border clashes with Israel, the accent of the Army display was on defence armoury - such as tanks, armoured vehicles, field artillery, anti-tank missiles and aircraft.

    Present at the parade were President Sulaiman Franjish, Prime Minister Saeb Salam, Government and Military leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps and political figures.

    SYNOPSIS: In Beirut on Wednesday, the start of the celebrations to commemorate Lebanon's twenty-ninth anniversary of Independence. Highlight of the day was the military display - which included French-made Alouette helicopters.

    Emotional scenes were registered by people from border villages, whose homes were caught up in the clashes between Israeli and Lebanese troops two months ago... following the increase of Israeli raids against what they claimed were guerrilla bases.

    President Franjieh and Prime Minister Salam, were among those present at the parade. They watched a fly-past by aircraft, such as British Hawker Siddely Hunters.

    In view of the recent clashes with Israel - the accent of the military parade was on defence. With strong showings by the officers and men of the Lebanese gerund forces. Much of the border defensive fighting is in the hands of commandos - such as these men.

    Heavy artillery - including anti-tank missiles - are among the main defence armaments. Most of the Israeli attacks have been carried out by armoured vehicles and aircraft - and it is against these that the Lebanese artillery are primarily geared. Another heavy defensive load is carried by the tank corps.

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