Lebanese President Elias Sarkis began moves on Thursday (17 July) to form a new government of paramilitary chiefs and political leaders after accepting his cabinet's resignation the day before.
LS Christian village, Klea, in southern Lebanon
SV Hole in roof TILT DOWN TO CU debris on floor including shell
CU Spent shell PULL BACK TO man holding shell and three girls.
SCU & GV Christians firing artillery gun (2 shots)
LS Smoke from shell landing in distance
SV Shell being loaded into breech and gun fired (2 shots)
GV Smoke from shell exploding in village
GV Burning grass PULL BACK TO CU U.N. soldier watching
GV Damaged building ZOOM IN TO CU damage
GV PAN Damaged garage doors with slogans and rubble in street
CU Shell damage
SV Shell hole in roof
CU PAN Damaged walls
LS Shelled village
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Background: Lebanese President Elias Sarkis began moves on Thursday (17 July) to form a new government of paramilitary chiefs and political leaders after accepting his cabinet's resignation the day before. Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss first rendered his cabinet's resignation on June the 7th, but it was held in abeyance while President Sarkis attempted to form a government of national unity. The country's new period of political uncertainty came after a fresh outbreak of fighting in southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: A fierce artillery duel raged through the day on Tuesday (15 July) between Palestinian guerrillas and Christian militia forces. During the shelling of Kela and Dir Mimas in the Christian-controlled enclave, one woman and five children were injured when a shell exploded on their house. A total of eight people were injured.
The Christian militia exchanged fire with the Palestinians in an encounter which caused severe damage in several enclave villages. A number of Ratyusha rockets, fired by Palestinian guerrillas, fell in Upper Galillee as the artillery duel continued but no damage or casualties were reported.
United Nations forces in the area tried to arrange a ceasefire but both sides accused each other of starting the fighting and refused to be the first to stop.
Lebanon's right-wing Falangist Party announced plans on Wednesday (16 July) for the setting up of a new administrative structure for many of the country's Christian sectors. The plans were reported to be a fresh indication that the Christian zones were taking on the trappings of self-government. The Falangist Party militia seized almost total control of these sectors last week. In a well planned military strike they crippled the rival militia of the right-wing National Liberal Party (NLP). Plans are now said to be under way for a unified political leadership of the rightist parties in the Christian sectors under the title of the Lebanese Front.