Two powerful bombs exploded near the home of Lebanon's left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt in Beirut on Saturday (4 December) killing two people and wounding 22 others.
GV EXTERIOR National Movement headquarters
RV PAN Jumblatt arrives, enters building followed by other delegates (2 shots)
MV PAN Delegates seated at table
MV ZOOM IN on Jumblatt
MV Delegates and Jumblatt (3 shots)
MV Jumblatt in cat as other delegates leave and Jumblatt drives off (3 shots)
Eyewitnesses described the powerful explosive charges that went off some 200 metres (yards) form Mr. Jumblatt's home in leftist-dominated western Beirut. One charge was apparently placed under a parked car which went up in a ball of orange fire as the explosion ripped through the area. Two nearby cars also caught fire. Observers described the bombing as the most serious incident in beirut since the peace-keeping forces, acting under an Arab League mandate, moved into the capital to halt fighting.
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Background: Two powerful bombs exploded near the home of Lebanon's left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt in Beirut on Saturday (4 December) killing two people and wounding 22 others. Mr. Jumblatt was out of town on a visit to his native village when the explosions erupted close to his home in Moslem-controlled Western Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: At the headquarters of the left-wing in Beirut on Friday, Mr. Jumblatt met other leaders to discuss the surrender of their heavy arms to the Arab peace-keeping forces. The Syrian-dominated forces wanted the collection of weapons to start this week. But leftist groups want the collection to be linked with the start of a political dialogue. Mr. Jumblatt and his colleagues also expressed their support for the Palestinians who are insisting on their right to retain some heavy weapons under the 1969 Cairo agreement regulating their activities in Lebanon. And with the Christian rightist arguing that they should not be the only groups to comply with the peace-keeping forces' directives, the situation is practically in dead-lock.
In the immediate future there doesn't appear to be a solution to the disarmament problem and if there isn't the fragile peace in Lebanon after 19 months of civil war could again be threatened.