Relief work is underway in the lebanese capital of Beirut, and in surrounding areas after the latest breaking of the fragile ceasefire that had brought some easing of the tension in the city.
GV EXT Red Cross hospital in Beirut
SV Red Cross workers lifting stretcher from ambulance.
SV Patients have wounds bandaged in hospital
SV Red Cross workers carrying stretcher
CU Child crying
SV U. N. flag ZOOM BACK to ruins of fortress
REAR VIEW U.N. sentry looking out over road
TV U.N. truck passing along road below
SV PAN U.N. troops leave village in jeep to begin patrol
GV U.N. troops lining road as jeep passes
SV Troops concealed in bushes along route ( 2 shots)
LV Troops handing sweets to children
SV EXTERIOR Makeshift hospital with troops treating patients
CU ZOOM BACK TO SV Children being treated
SV INTERIOR Man receiving attention as people look on ( 2 shots)
CU Doctor's instruments on table.
CU Child being treated
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Background: Relief work is underway in the lebanese capital of Beirut, and in surrounding areas after the latest breaking of the fragile ceasefire that had brought some easing of the tension in the city.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday ( 12 October), sniper fire could still be heard in the Christian districts of Beirut, as Red Cross workers set about retrieving the victims of fighting between Syrian members of the Arab peacekeeping force and units of the Christian militia. Before the fighting broke out there had been three days of relative peace.
The militant right wing Christian militia units regard the Syrian component of the peacekeeping force as an army of occupation. Relations between the two elements have been strained since the civil war, but the latest outburst of fighting raised fears that it might herald a return to the full scale fighting of the civil war.
Only 14 people were reported to have been killed in the latest breach of the ceasefire. This is remarkable considering the amount of artillery shelling of Christian areas which kept some residents in cellars and underground shelters for up to 10 days.
As the fighting continued, President Sarkis of Lebanon was still touring six Arab nations seeking support for his latest peace plans. One of his aims was to try to convince president Assad of Syria to withdraw the Syrian component of the Arab peacekeeping force.
Its understood that President Assad reject President Sarkis' plea to have to Syrians replaced with Lebanese troops. The outcome of President Sarkis' talks with leaders of the other Arab states he visited is not yet known. Meanwhile innocent people are caught in the middle.