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    SABRA AND SHATILA REFUGEE CAMPS, BEIRUT, LEBANON

    International Red Cross officials in Lebanon announced on September 22 that 293 bodies had been recovered from Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

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    SABRA AND SHATILA REFUGEE CAMPS, BEIRUT, LEBANON ( 22 September 1982) (REUTERS BEIRUT)


    GV Broken down buildings in Beirut (3 shots)

    Background: SABRA AND SHATILA REFUGEE CAMPS, BEIRUT, LEBANON

    International Red Cross officials in Lebanon announced on September 22 that 293 bodies had been recovered from Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Civil defence and Red Cross workers wearing masks against the smell of rotting flesh have been digging through the rubble to free swollen, blackened corpses. A total of 229 bodies have so far been found, while another 64 have been taken away by relatives since rescue work started on September 19. The recovery operation has been difficult. Survivors claim Rightist militiamen used bulldozers to tip rubble on their victims. Others said houses along the camps' main streets had been dynamited. Corpses recovered three days after the slaughter were half-hidden. The victims had also been moved from where they died, making it harder to assess the cause of death. Red Cross officials say that some of the refugees had been lined up against walls and shot. Others had been killed with bullets fired into the head from close range. Bodies found on September 22 were carried out in blankets to join long rows of others near the entrance to the camp. Weeping relatives were waiting to identify their dead, while United Nations observers visited the scene to try to assess the exact circumstances of the killings.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8U8UJKYTNA8I2XSLGM2WB3IX1
    Media URN:
    VLVA8U8UJKYTNA8I2XSLGM2WB3IX1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:17:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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