Strategic positioning in the mountainous country to the south-west of Beirut, together with a considerable supply of small arms, is making it fairly easy for Lebanese Drusian rebels to continue their fight against the government.
GV.PAN Armed rebels outside their Headquarters.
CU. Rebel with a rifle.
SV. Hole across road dug by rebels.
SCU. Rebel with machine gun, look out from observation position.
GV. Rebels on guard look out over country.
Angle Shot. Rebels on balcony.
Initials V.L. WWS/VCW
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Background: Strategic positioning in the mountainous country to the south-west of Beirut, together with a considerable supply of small arms, is making it fairly easy for Lebanese Drusian rebels to continue their fight against the government.
They are increasing their nuisance value now by blocking the roads that can be used by regular forces ranged against them.
Head of these rebels -- the Druze are a politico-religious sect of Mohammedan origin -- is former Deputy Kamal Ioumblah. His headquarters is guarded by a young and enthusiastic force of fighters.
Latest news in Beirut is that the team of 10 United Nations observers will be doubled by the arrival of 10 more officers from Oslo. Those in Lebanon so far have been busy patrolling the Syrian border for evidence of rebel infiltration.
Secretary General of United Nations Mr. Dag Hammerskjold made a brief stop in London today, 16th June, changing planes on his journey from New York to Beirut. His concern for the Lebanese situation was being applauded by government circles in Beirut.