The United Nations called for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon on Thursday (26 April) and within an hour all the fighting on the border had stopped.
GVs People scattering in streets as gunfire begins. (2 SHOTS)
GV Ambulance past camera.
GV PAN FROM Bomb Crater TO wrecked building. (2 SHOTS)
GV People hurriedly collecting belongings and putting them in cars.
GV Workman sawing wood to put on front of damaged building.
SV PAN Lorry loaded with household goods along road out of Tyre.
CU Major Saad Haddad in Marjeyoun speaking in English.
CU PULL BACK TO LV Lebanese flag flying outside house in Beirut.
SV INTERIOR Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Butros (left) seated talking with Iraqi Foreign Minister Saadoun Hammadi. (3 SHOTS)
HADDAD: "When we lost hope in all Lebanese officials, beginning with Sarkis, and bowing to the lower level, we lost hope in them to save Lebanon, and to make something good for Lebanon. And we are sure that all of them are working for Syria, and we have evident proof that all of them are traitors. So we decided to declare the independence of, it is not only the independence of this area where we are, but also the independence of all of Lebanon, considering that Beirut is our capital."
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Background: The United Nations called for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon on Thursday (26 April) and within an hour all the fighting on the border had stopped. Earlier in the day the fighting between the two groups of forces, the Israelis with Lebanese Christian Rightist support, and the Palestinian guerrillas with the Lebanese Leftists, threatened to become more intense. The city of Tyre bore the brunt of Israeli salvos.
SYNOPSIS: During the four-day bombardment at least twelve people were killed, but the toll of injured and homeless was not easily determined.
The bombardment of Tyre was intense. The Palestinian camps around the city were the main target, and many of the homeless fled to the north.
In Marjeyoun, a city near the Syrian border, a Lebanese newsman for Visnews managed to obtain a rare interview with renegade Major Saad Haddad.
Later in Beirut the Lebanese question was discussed by the Lebanese and Iraqi Foreign Ministers, Mr. Fuad Butros and his Iraqi counterpart Mr. Saadoun Hammadi. The Lebanese Government has sided with those Arab states opposed to the Egyptian-Israeli peace, but President Sarkis has said he does not belied Lebanon should be the victim of the Arab-Israeli conflict. After these talks Dr. Saadoun told reporters he discussed with Mr. Butros the possibility of an Arab summit to consider the Lebanese conflict.