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    SAN MIGUEL DE LA MERCEDES, EL SALVADOR

    Renewed guerrilla activity in El Salvador over the last few weeks has put pressure on Defence Minister General Jose Guillermo Garcia to prove the government's ability to crush the rebels.

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    1. GV Quiet street scene 0.06
    2. LV TO GV Ambushed bus stationary in street 0.13
    3. CU PULL BACK TO SV Bus CU Bullet holes in windscreen (3 shots) 0.31
    4. GV Dead guerrillas on ground (5 shots) 0.50
    5. GV Soldiers outside house of dead civil defence man (2 shots) 0.59
    6. SV Girl in street. Candle burning in house as mother and child watch coffin (4 shots) 1.25
    7. CU Elderly woman weeps 1.39
    8. GV People walk along village street 1.47
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    Background: SAN MIGUEL DE LA MERCEDES, EL SALVADOR

    Renewed guerrilla activity in El Salvador over the last few weeks has put pressure on Defence Minister General Jose Guillermo Garcia to prove the government's ability to crush the rebels. On February 7, government forces claimed to have regained control of the country's third largest city, attacked by 200 rebels the previous night. Streets in San Miguel de La Mercedes bore the marks of battle the following morning. A wrecked bus, its windscreen pitted with bullet-holes, and the bodies of three guerrillas--one of them a woman--still lay in the gutter as government reports said the army was now in control. The city's garrison was said to have been overpowered by the insurgents, who fled when reinforcements of regular troops arrived. Seven guerrillas, two civil guards and one local resident were reported killed in the fighting. As civilians mourned their dead, San Miguel's electricity supplies were cut following a guerrilla bombing raid on power pylons in El Salvador's eastern region. A police spokesman said the bombing had also cut supplies to La Union, the area's main port. The latest guerrilla attacks emphasized divisions in the 24,000-strong Salvadoran army. These were thrown into sharp focus last month when one of El Salvador's top field commanders, Colonel Sigifredo Ochoa Perez, staged a short-lived rebellion against General Garcia. Other field officers believe the Defence Minister is allowing many senior officers to pursue tactics unsuitable to anti-insurgent warfare. This, they claim, is setting back the army's chances of making headway against the rebels.

    Source: REUTERS - MICHELE TAVERNA

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7PPRUK5ZY1ZTPQ75G6T4KQRRG
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PPRUK5ZY1ZTPQ75G6T4KQRRG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
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    N/A

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