Artillery fighting has been continuing in southern Lebanon, with Israeli field guns firing on Moslem enclaves across the border in support of Lebanese Christian elements.
Artillery fighting has been continuing in southern Lebanon, with Israeli field guns firing on Moslem enclaves across the border in support of Lebanese Christian elements. The area has been the scene of repeated clashes since the official end of the civil was in Lebanon last November.
SYNOPSIS: Each time Moslem guerrillas open fire on Christian villages, Israeli artillery opens up. Most times, the casualties are fairly light -- each day over the past few months, there's been an average of one or two dead and three or four wounded. Israeli support for the southern Christians also extends beyond military aid. Wounded Lebanese are brought to the 'Good Fence' border gate and handed over to Israeli authorities for medical treatment.
The wounded are first treated at a field hospital just inside Israel. Relations between the Lebanese Christians and the Israelis have provoked bitter hostility from the Lebanese Moslems, who claim the Israeli Government is providing support for propaganda purposes.
But an end to the southern Lebanese conflict appears to be in sight. A formula for peace in the area has been agreed by Lebanese Christian and Moslems, the Palestinians, and Arab peace force representatives. Under it, a Lebanese army force is to be sent to the area to separate the combatants. A cease-fire date was due to be agreed at a later meeting.
A souvenir for a wounded man -- shrapnel removed from his head is given to one of his colleagues.
The more-seriously wounded are takes for more sophisticated treatment in Israeli hospitals. The walking wounded often ask to stay as refugees until the fighting has stopped. There're usually granted permission, and Israel has a growing Lebanese population.