• Short Summary

    Peaceful demonstrations and a general strike were staged in Beirut on Tuesday (26 May) to put pressure on the Government to give swift aid to refugees fleeing the Southern Lebanon border with Israel.

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    Peaceful demonstrations and a general strike were staged in Beirut on Tuesday (26 May) to put pressure on the Government to give swift aid to refugees fleeing the Southern Lebanon border with Israel. After the demonstrations the Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami promised "protection and a proper life" for the people of the area.

    One group of demonstrators burned old tyres on the road leading to Beirut International Airport, temporarily cutting off the route, and delying the departure of some planes. One incoming airliner was diverted to Istanbul.

    The protests were in aid of the tens of thousands of refugees reported pouring out of villages in Southern Lebanon, scene of a major anti-guerrilla operation by Israel on May 12. The same area was subjected to Israeli shelling after the commando attack on an Israeli school bus last week.

    The general strike in Beirut and other towns closed many offices and shops.

    Imam Musa Al-Sadr, spiritual leader of the Shiite sect who makes up the majority of South Lebanon's 400,000 inhabitants, had threatened mass demonstrations if the government did not make available more aid to the refugees.

    Speaking to Parliament, the Lebanese Prime Minister said the necessary funds would be allocated to help the refugees.

    SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators burned tyres on the road to Beirut International Airport on Tuesday (26 May).

    Flights were delayed and incoming aircraft diverted. The demonstrations was part of a campaign to put pressure on the Lebanon Government to allocate more aid to refugees fleeing Lebanon's Southern Border with Israel.

    The protests were in aid of the tens of thousands of refugees reported pouring out of villages in Southern Lebanon scene of a major anti-guerrilla operation by Israel on May 12. The same area was subjected to Israeli shelling after the commando attack on an Israeli school bus last week.

    A general strike closed shops and offices in Beirut and other towns. The protest organiser, Imam Musa El-Sadr, spiritual leader the majority of South Lebanon's four hundred thousand people, threatened mass demonstrations unless the Government took action.

    Later, the Lebanese Prime Minister, Rashid Karami, promised "protection and proper life" for the refugees. He said the necessary funds would be made available.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7L2FAMGY2EXZ6KFA6PBWYX6F0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7L2FAMGY2EXZ6KFA6PBWYX6F0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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