INTRODUCTION: The shootings, bombings and bloodshed continues in El Salvador where a government night-time curfew has been in force since January 11th.
GV People looking at corpse.
GV Bodies laid out on ground.
CU heads of two corpse on ground TILT DOWN TO bodies. (2 SHOTS)
GV Forecourt of damaged petrol station.
CU PULL OUT TO GV Damaged interior of building.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Soldiers with machine-gun leaning on car near petrol station.
SV Pall bearers carrying coffin at funeral procession (2 SHOTS)
CU Clockface TILT DOWN TO People waiting at bus stop boarding bus.
GV & SV People running to board bus. (2 shots)
SV Packed bus pulling away. (2 shots)
SV People packed into pickup truck moving along.
Sv People pulling down shutters of shops. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Clockface (17.42 hours) PULL BACK TO GV deserted street.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The shootings, bombings and bloodshed continues in El Salvador where a government night-time curfew has been in force since January 11th. Nearly 180 civilians have been killed since the curfew was imposed to quell a guerrilla offensive against the ruling junta.
SYNOPSIS: Every day brings another outbreak of shootings in the outskirts of San Salvador, adding to the capital's long list of casualties. Most of the dead were not engaged in political violence. Many were uninvolved workers caught going home late or heading for their jobs too early. Banks and petrol stations are the guerrillas' main targets. The purpose is to prevent the supply of petrol to private and public vehicles.
Last Thursday (5 February) 45 people were killed in El Salvador in a two-day battle between leftist guerrillas and government troops. They were fighting for control of a volcano used as a beacon for rebel supply drops.
Two hours before the curfew starts at 7 p.m., Salvadoreans are fighting to get on to buses and other transportation to avoid being caught in the streets by government patrols. The junta is trying to counter a general offensive by the insurgents. Since it began last month, about 1,000 guerrillas and 150 soldiers are reported to have been killed.
El Salvador's junta said on Saturday (7 February) that 300 leftist guerrillas had laid down their arms on Friday after an amnesty offer made last month. The government said it was the largest ever mass defection. Meanwhile, as the violence continues in this tiny republic the curfew remains in force. At night San Salvador is like an abandoned city.