• Short Summary

    Rescue work at the US embassy in Beirut continued for the third consecutive day on April 20, with more bodies being discovered in the rubble.

  • Description

    Beirut, Lebanon( (19 April, 1983) (VIS - DIETZ)

    GV Bulldozer clearing rubble from in front of US embassy

    GV Men attaching cables to collapsed building

    GV Red Cross ambulance leaves scene

    GV Rubble being cleared

    GV Man setting up spotlights

    Background: Rescue work at the US embassy in Beirut continued for the third consecutive day on April 20, with more bodies being discovered in the rubble. Lebanese officials estimated that the death toll would rise to 60 -- 49 Lebanese and American embassy employees and passers-by not included in embassy figures. As the immediate horror receded, attention switched to the question of who planted the car bomb; Iranian involvement had been suspected, but a statement from Teheran reiterated a denial. The arret of four people was confirmed by the Lebanese Foreign Minister Elli Salem, who was unable to reveal any further information. He went on to condemn Israel for exploiting the tragedy to make a case for continuing the occupation of Lebanon, and declared that the attack only increased Lebanon's determination to secure a withdrawal of all foreign forces. The US Ambassador, Mr Robert Dillon, declined to speculate about the perpetrators and motivations of the attack.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7OP6KE921NLC3LF0TXMY0LWTY
    Media URN:
    VLVA7OP6KE921NLC3LF0TXMY0LWTY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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