Israel forces began pulling out of Beirut out of Beirut Airport on September 29 as United States Marines prepared to join Italian and French peacekeeping contingents already deployed in the Lebanese capital.
LV PULL BACK TO GV Israeli armoured personnel carriers on stand-by at Beirut airport.
GV Soldiers board plane at airport
SVs Israeli troops and tanks near airport. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Harbour ZOOM INTO SV Israeli troops preparing to leave harbour. (4 SHOTS)
V PULL BACK TO GV Member of peacekeeping force stands guard at harbour.
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Background: Israel forces began pulling out of Beirut out of Beirut Airport on September 29 as United States Marines prepared to join Italian and French peacekeeping contingents already deployed in the Lebanese capital. State-run Beirut said a first group of Israelis had withdrawn from the airport, their last stronghold in West Beirut. The Israelis ended their occupation of Beirut Harbour on same day. The United States had warned it would not sent in its united until the Israelis had left. Agreement on their departure was finally reached on September 28. A first U.S. contingent of about 200 men, scheduled to come ashore at Beirut Harbour a few hours before the final Israeli withdrawal, was held up by congestion of merchant vessels, U.S. officials said. Not more than 1,200 U.S. troops will be shore at any one time, although the total number of men on hand is 1,800. A U.S. Defence Department spokesman said the U.S. headquarters would be in the airport, but most of the troops would be stationed along a line running past it on the southeast side.