Troops from the multinational peacekeeping force, sent to Lebanon in support of the Government, have begun to spread out over Beirut following the withdrawal of the Israeli forces.
1. SVs, GVs AND SVs French troops clearing landmines (5 shots) 0.20
2. SVs French troops carrying out live rockets and other weapons and putting them in army truck (8 shots) 0.54
3. SV AND GVs Refugee children playing and people collecting water at Shatila camp (8 shots) 1.21
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
Troops from the multinational peacekeeping force, sent to Lebanon in support of the Government, have begun to spread out over Beirut following the withdrawal of the Israeli forces. One of the main tasks facing the force has been clearing landmines planted by Palestinian and Moslem guerrillas who resisted the Israeli invasion. These French troops were taking particular care after one United States' marine was killed and three others injured by a cluster bomb explosion near Beirut Airport on September 30. The French soldiers also came across large quantities of weaponry abandoned by the Palestinians and Moslems during the Palestinian evacuation of the Lebanese capital. The international force is working in conjunction with the regular Lebanese army to protect the civilian inhabitants of a city which has been reunited after years of civil strife. One of the force's main responsibilities is the protection of the remaining Palestinian refugees like these children in the Shatila camps who escaped the massacre in September.
Source: REUTERS BEIRUT