INTRODUCTION: In the Middle East, Israel has carried out the biggest series of raids for many months on Palestinians bases inside Lebanon.
GROUND-TO-AIR VIEW Israeli planes's rocket attack and smoke from buildings after impact, (3 shots)
LV Black smoke rising from building.
SV PAN Fire engine racing through street.
LV PULL BACK GV smoking building with anti-aircraft gun mounted on jeep passing in foreground.
GV & CU EXTERIOR OF Damaged building in Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona. (2 shots)
LV Wrecked car.
LV EXTERIOR OF Synagogue hit by shell.
CU PULL BACK GV Items from synagogue stacked on payment.
CU Weeping woman.
SV PAN DOWN INTERIOR Damaged interior of synagogue.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the Middle East, Israel has carried out the biggest series of raids for many months on Palestinians bases inside Lebanon. The attacks were launched on Sunday (12 July) in retaliation for an earlier guerrilla attack on an Israeli border town by the Palestinians. The Israeli air offensive went ahead as US peace envoy Philip Habib met with Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Jerusalem. Mr. Habib left the city on Monday (13 July) bound for Saudi Arabia, where more talks on the Middle East will be held.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli jets struck guerrilla positions near the port of Damour on the Lebanese coast. They said their targets were missiles sent to the Palestinians by Libya. Syrian planes in the area took off but made no attempt to intercept, according to Reuters reports.
At least 25 people died in the air raid, which started fires in the village of El Nahme and Damour itself. The rocket-firing jets strafed the area for well over an hour before returning safely to base.
The cross-border raid was in reply to a Palestine guerrilla rocket attack on the vulnerable Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona two days earlier.
One target was this synagogue, struck by a salvo of Russian-made katyusha rockets. Several other buildings were also damaged. There were tears for 14 casualties, but no one was killed. The Middle East situation continues to be delicate, with Israel still demanding withdrawal of Syrian missiles from sites in Lebanon.