The Lebanese Army on July 5 continued its reclamation of Beirut from warring militias.
1. GV Museum crossing, Beirut. Army checking motorists' papers and searching vehicles (4 shots) 0.27
2. GV Tank position (3 shots) 0.41
3. GV Bulldozers clearing rubble at Galerie Semaan crossing (4 shots) 1.10
4. SVs French observers at port crossing which remains closed 1.17
5. GV & SV Troops filling sandbags (2 shots) 1.28
6. GV President Gemayel poster on flagpole with Lebanese flag flying 1.32
7. GV & CU PULL BACK TO GV Port area, tanks in position and damaged buildings. Ship docked (2 shots) 1.44
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
The Lebanese Army on July 5 continued its reclamation of Beirut from warring militias. Army engineers removed barricades along the so-called Green Line dividing the city into Christian and Moslem sectors. Bulldozers cleared away rubble as the Lebanese capital plan drawn up by the Lebanese government of national unity. Rival Christian and muslim forces kept a close watch on the proceedings to make sure that barricades were removed at an equal rate on both sides. Elsewhere in the city, unarmed militiamen were seen mingling with troops and workers. Beirut airport was scheduled to re-open by July 6 and the government hoped to have the port re-opened by July 9.
Source: REUTERS - TONY DAOU & MAHWAN KHOURY