INTRODUCTION: Attempts are being made in Lebanon to keep the peace through deployment of the country's internal security forces.
SV Armed police patrol street in Beirut
SV Police checking cars
CU Police sign on car door, PULL BACK GV police patrolling street
GV & SV New bullet-proof cars for Prime Minister with Lebanese flag on front (3 shots)
GV Armed guards outside French embassy (2 shots)
SV Crowds and coffin carried into cemetery (2 shots)
GV Coffins carried into cemetery (2 shots)
Bodies placed in grave (2 shots)
GV Mourners in cemetery
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Attempts are being made in Lebanon to keep the peace through deployment of the country's internal security forces. Although outgunned by Lebanon's rival militia, the state forces have made a new attempt to assert their authority, aided by widespread revulsion over the wave of bombings that have hit the country recently. On Tuesday (22 September), two children killed in last Sunday's (20 September) bombing were given an emotional funeral in Moslem West Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: The spate of bombings appears to have produced a new determination to prevent more violence. In Beirut, armed police patrol city streets, manning roadblocks and checking cars in a ceaseless search for weapons and explosives. They are directly responsible to the Central Lebanese government, but have the support of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and several Moslem guerrilla groups.
One consequence of the violence is a demand for bullet proof cars, like this one, destined for Prime Minister Shafiq al Wazzan.
Embassies are also at risk. After the assassination of the French ambassador, government forces increased protection of the French embassy.
The latest of the bombings in a cinema, claimed the lives of two children, who were buried on Tuesday (22 September) in the Moslem section of Beirut. Thirty people were wounded in the bombing in West Beirut. The children lived locally and their funeral was attended by large numbers of their neighbours.
Responsibility for the bombing has been claimed by a little-known group called the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners. It's believed to be a right wing organisation opposed to the presence of Syrians and Palestinians. So far, however, the main consequence of its attacks has been to unite at least some of Lebanon's warring factions against the carnage.