A further attempt to evacuate more wounded people from the Palestinian Tel Al-Zaatar camp in east Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday was unsuccessful.
A further attempt to evacuate more wounded people from the Palestinian Tel Al-Zaatar camp in east Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday was unsuccessful. People who were not wounded rushed a Red Cross convoy in an attempt to leave the besieged camp. Later the convoy was fired on by unknown sniping. As a result, only about 30 were able to be evacuated. On Thursday, 243 wounded were taken out, but the Red Cross expressed fears about the safety of the operation.
SYNOPSIS: A new ceasefire was also announced during the day - the 54th since the civil war started 16 months ago. The ceasefire, arranged by right-wing Lebanese leaders and the Arab League Peace-keeping Force started on Thursday morning but the preliminary ceasefire for this evacuation was not properly kept. The Red Cross team carrying a white flag took the badly injured to the vehicles. They reached the vehicles safely but the convoy left in a hurry after a bullet hit a doctor's car and a shell exploded in a football field used as a staging point for the wounded just as the last truck was preparing to depart.
Only the badly injured are being allowed out of Tel Al Zaatar. The evacuees were inspected at rightist lines but the inspection took only quarter of an hour on Thursday instead of the hour the previous day when 91 badly wounded were evacuated. All the injured are being taken to an emergency hospital in Moslem-held west Beirut.
Outside east Beirut, the holiday resort of Jounieh north of the capital is one of the few relatively safe places for the Christians and their allies. All the trappings of a holiday resort can still be found - the ice cream and the fairground; but last week, militiamen of the two major right-wing groups fought a gunbattle in the port and sources in the Falangist party said ten people were killed.
The fighting erupted after a road accident, but there has been increasing tension amongst the Lebanese right-wing with National Liberal Party leader Camillie Chamoun constantly taking a tougher line against ceasefire proposals than Falangist Pierre Gemayel. So even the inhabitants of Jounieh may not be able to forget the country's civil war much longer.