An International Red Cross convoy trying to evacuate wounded form the besieged Palestinian Tel Al-Zaatar camp in Lebanon had to turn back on Monday (5 July) because of shellfire on the road.
An International Red Cross convoy trying to evacuate wounded form the besieged Palestinian Tel Al-Zaatar camp in Lebanon had to turn back on Monday (5 July) because of shellfire on the road. The convoy left the ICRC headquarters in West Beirut after both left and right wingers agreed to the evacuation. But one civilian evacuation the previous day (4 July) was successful.
SYNOPSIS: About 220 foreign residents of Beirut said final goodbyes to friends before leaving the Lebanese capital in a convoy organised by the West German embassy.
The convoy of 60 cars wound its way out of Beirut en route for Damascus in neighbouring Syria. About a dozen nationalities were represented on the convoy. Many of those leaving have weathered over a year of shelling and gun battles as the civil war has raged in Beirut. But the recent breakdown in electricity, water supplies and other general services has been the deciding factor for evacuation.
Hundreds of other foreigners have already left the Lebanese capital either in overland convoys to Syria or in seaborne evacuations organised by the American and Soviet embassies. The West German convoy was escorted by jeep loads of troops of the Palestinian Fatah commando organisation.