Two Syrian pilots are recovering in a Lebanese falangist hospital after their MiG fighters were shot down by Israeli planes on May 25.
SV INTERIOR Syrian pilot receiving treatment from medical staff
SV Sheikh Beshir Gemayel speaking (ENGLISH SOT)
SV EXTERIOR Sheikh Gemayel with falangist forces at site of wreckage
SV Piece of wreckage from plane in boot of car
GV Wounded man being put into ambulance
GV Ambulance leaving hospital
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Background: Two Syrian pilots are recovering in a Lebanese falangist hospital after their MiG fighters were shot down by Israeli planes on May 25. The fate of the two pilots is in the hands of Sheikh Beshir Gemayel, leader of the right wing Falangist forces fighting Palestinian guerrillas in southern Lebanon. Sheikh Gemayel announce his intention of handing the pilots back to Syria and said that the hoped the Syrians would understand his gesture of good will. Israel says that Syria has lost 19 warplanes in clashes over Lebanon since 1974 against Israeli losses of four unmanned observation aircraft. The Israeli military command said the two fighters were shot down in a dog fight after they tried to interfere with a routine Israeli patrol. An Israeli official said the routine flights had gone on for some time and would continue. He said the Syrians would have to learn that if those flights are disturbed, their planes would be shot down.