Shellfire battered many parts of Beirut on Monday (31 May), killing an estimated 110 bringing the deathtoll to over 300 after three days of savage fighting in Lebanon's civil war.
GV building ZOOM INTO damage
GV PAN wrecked building and cars
MV PAN people seated in street care (2 shots)
MV PAN people sunbathing on beach (2 shots)
MVS market stalls on promenade (3 shots)
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Background: Shellfire battered many parts of Beirut on Monday (31 May), killing an estimated 110 bringing the deathtoll to over 300 after three days of savage fighting in Lebanon's civil war.
Officials quoted by Reuters said that 35 bodies were found from earlier incidents and at least 200 people were wounded in one of the more murderous days of the conflict.
But despite the carnage and continuing damage to what buildings are still left standing, life in Beirut retains some semblance of normality. Children play in the streets during lulls in the fighting - using the wreckage of burnt-out cars as climbing frames. The residents doggedly go about the business of buying and selling the necessities of survival and leisure time still spent chatting in open-terraced cafes, lazing on the beaches or even in sports like water ski-ing.
However, after the weekend clashes in Beirut which shattered the latest "truce", the leftist-controlled Beirut Radio quoted military observers as saying that the rightists had used surface-to-surface missiles in their bombardments.
This followed a report in the independent daily newspaper An-Nahar that both sides had been firing Grad and SS - 11 type Soviet-made missiles.