A decision to send more United Nations troops into South Lebanon, co-incided with the fiercest fighting there since to interim force began taking up position in the region in March.
GV AND SV: orange grove, workers packaging oranges (3 shots)
SCU: French troops in UN contingent at roadblock. (2 shots)
SV: tractor with trailer drive up, checked and leave (3 shots)
GV: cars being checked.
SV PAN: cars leaving checkpoint.
CU: UN Captain Charles Deleris listens to question and answers.
REPORTER: "Why do you think they attacked yesterday?"
DELERIS: "I don't know for sure. All I know is that there was an ambush up there. We got one light truck carrying supplies to checkpoint one dash three hat was caught in it. Then we sent in some re-inforcements, only light elements, jeeps and all that, armed jeeps and then, well, we had to send in some more reinforcements, and these were armoured cars and, apparently, they get pretty mad when they saw these armoured cars, and that is when all hell broke loose."
REPORTER: "Who do you think the other side is. Do you think they're Palestinians, Leftist Lebanese, or both?"
DELERIS: "We're not sure either, but we have a feeling it might be Leftists."
REPORTERS: "And not Palestinians?"
DELERIS: "Not necessarily, well, not all of them PLO, well, mostly Leftists, well, that is what we think, but we're not sure, never can be sure in this damn country."
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Background: A decision to send more United Nations troops into South Lebanon, co-incided with the fiercest fighting there since to interim force began taking up position in the region in March. On Tuesday (2 May) two French paratroopers and a Senegalese soldier of the U.N. force, plus a Palestine Liberation Organisation observer, were killed and other soldiers injured in the battle near Tyre. The following day (3 May) the United Nations Security Council approved an increase in the interim force from 4,000 to 6,000 men.
SYNOPSIS: Tuesday's battle broke out in this orange grove as UN and Palestinian leaders were holding local ceasefire talks nearby. Palestinian military leaders have denied involvement in the fighting, and a Lebanese leftist group, calling itself the Popular Resistance Front for the Liberation of the South from Occupation and Fascism, said they became involved in the fighting after a UN patrol opened fire on them.
Among the French wounded was their commander, Colonel Jean-Germain Salvan, who was hit in the legs. He and other UN officers had been holding talks with PLO representatives when firing started nearby. A detachment was sent to investigate, and Colonel Salvan was wounded while being driven in a PLO vehicle in a bid to stop the battle. The men who died were caught in heavy mortar, rocket and machine gun fire. Just who was responsible for the incident, remained unclear. Captain Charles Deleris of the UN force spoke about the attack.