Salvadoran armed forces launched two attacks against left-wing rebels on December 29, in spite of a Christmas truce unilaterally declared by the guerrillas.
GVs & SVs Boys playing soccer, guerrillas watching for government troops... some guerrillas are women and young boys. (9 SHOTS)
GVs Government troops preparing, boarding trucks to search for guerrillas. (9 SHOTS)
GVs Trucks loaded with government troops driving into hills to search. (6 SHOTS)
GVs Troops disembarking from trucks, villagers watch. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Troops out of village. (2 SHOTS)
GV & CU Government troops watching hillside through binoculars.(2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Troops preparing field gun. (4 SHOTS)
GV Soldiers moving forward.
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Background: Salvadoran armed forces launched two attacks against left-wing rebels on December 29, in spite of a Christmas truce unilaterally declared by the guerrillas. The infantry brigade commander in the northern province of Chalatenango said 2,000 troops with air and artillery support attached the village of La Laguna, 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital, San Salvador. Air Force jets also dropped several bombs on the slopes of the Chichontepec Volcano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of San Salvador. The rugged, twin-peaked volcano is a stronghold for rebels of the Farabundo.
Martin National Liberation Front (FMLN). Before the attacks, residents in the combat zones had said they had one of the most peaceful weeks in five years of civil war. The failure of El Salvador's military to adhere to the rebel's Christmas truce has revealed some armed forces opposition to peace moves, according to diplomatic and military sources. President Jose Napoleon Duarte, who initiated the peace talks with the guerrillas in October, 1984, has not responded to the unilateral ceasefire, and his military commanders have said normal operations would continue during the holiday period.