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    Israeli warplanes attacked the Lebanese coastal town of Damour, south of Beirut, for the second consecutive day on Wednesday (11 April).

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    GVs Damaged buildings and debris (3 shots)

    CU PULL BACK TO Injured dog PAN TO damaged building

    SCU Armed men looking at debris (4 shots)

    CU PULL BACK TO Boy injured in shelling lying in hospital bed. Doctor treating a man's burned arm (3 shots)

    SV Man with head wound in hospital bed

    As the Israeli-Lebanese border conflict was flaring up again the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was also running into trouble. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin used the newly-opened Jerusalem-Cairo hotline to call Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. An Israeli official said President Sadat reassured Mr. Begin that the borders between the two old enemies would open up to air and ground traffic after the northern ton of El Arish is returned to Egypt late next month.

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    Background: Israeli warplanes attacked the Lebanese coastal town of Damour, south of Beirut, for the second consecutive day on Wednesday (11 April). Witnesses said the israeli planes swooped low over the streets strafing the area with cannon fire. Egypt has warned Israel that its air strikes against southern Lebanon could have serious consequences for the future of peace int eh Middle East.

    SYNOPSIS: Damour was only just recovering from Tuesday's (10 April) attack which extensively damaged many buildings in the town. Officials said several buildings were destroyed and Palestinian refugees and Lebanese residents were killed or wounded in the twenty-minute pounding. The first Israeli attack came as an apparent reprisal for a bombing in Tel Aviv's central market.

    Commandos of the Palestine Liberation Organisation had claimed responsibility for the Tel Aviv explosion which killed one woman and injured fifteen other people.

    Carloads of people left Damour after the first attack, heading for safer ground. It was the first reported air raid close to Beirut since the Egypt-Israel peace treaty was signed. Palestinian sources said they weren't surprised at the action, and residents had been warned of possible reprisals after the Tel Aviv bombing.

    The people of Damour were still suffering from this first attack when the town was strafed on Wednesday. Talking of the attacks from an Israeli viewpoint, a Government official told Reuters there had been eleven major attacks against his country by the Palestinians since January. He said Israel could not stand by and allow innocent civilians to be killed.

    During their second raid the Israelis also hit other towns in South Lebanon, and the Palestinians replied by shelling the Israeli border town, Kiryat Shimona.

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