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    ALONG EASTERN BORDER WITH HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR

    Recent fighting in El Salvador has left a long trail of destruction along the Honduran border.

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    1. AERIAL VIEW La Garita bridge over Goascoran river, severely damaged 0.14
    2. AERIAL VIEW Damaged Agua Caliente Bridge, on road to El Amatillo 0.25
    3. AERIAL VIEW Buildings severely damaged by guerrillas, in Amatillo, near Honduran border 0.36
    4. TRACKING SHOT Burnt out vehicles on road to Amatillo 0.52
    5. GV Customs buildings, seriously damaged 0.55
    6. GV PAN Burnt out trucks and buildings, with military presence nearby, near El Amatillo 1.10
    7. SV PAN AND GV PAN Partly collapsed bridge in Amatillo (2 shots) 1.36
    8. GV General military headquarters of Santa Rosa de Lima, with troops 1.42
    9. AERIAL VIEW Damaged Santa Rosa bridge, about 180 kms from Honduran border 1.53
    10. GV Bank of Commerce in Santa Rosa de Lima, after attack 1.58
    11. SV PAN INTERIOR Bank of Commerce, badly damaged, with military looking at damage 2.06
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    Background: ALONG EASTERN BORDER WITH HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR

    Recent fighting in El Salvador has left a long trail of destruction along the Honduran border. Anti-government guerrillas claimed on May 2 that Honduran forces had intruded into Salvadorean territory in an attack on a bridge spanning the Goascoran river at the frontier post of El Almatillo. Honduras and El Salvador both denied the allegation. The commander of El Salvador's First Infantry Brigade Colonel Adolfo Blandon said on the same day that 60 guerrillas were killed in the second phase of what he called "a clean-up operation" in the area. Destroyed bridges, damaged buildings and smouldering trucks testified to the fierceness of attacks over the week-end of April 30 - May 1. Colonel Blandon did not comment on another guerrilla attack which led to the capture of the town of Santa Rosa de Lima in the eastern province of La Union. The rebel radio Venceremos claimed the city was occupied for 12 hours before the rebel force retreated. Venceremos said the offensive was launched as a direct response to President Ronald R Reagan's decision to increase United States military aid to the Salvadorean government. According to official reports, the rebels destroyed the Santa Rosa garrison when they entered the city. A bank and some jewellery stores were looted. Rescue workers said eight Salvadorean soldiers and eight drivers were killed during the fighting. At least 20 trucks and buses were destroyed. Resident of a small village at the border said a shell killed a number of civilians, including five children, but did not know if the shell was fired from the Honduran side. The offensives were the first major challenges faced by El Salvador's new Defence Minister. General Eugenio Vides Casanova.

    Source: REUTERS - BORIS PINKAS

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5KNN561K5TWE8FAPJW79I3X97
    Media URN:
    VLVA5KNN561K5TWE8FAPJW79I3X97
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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