• Short Summary

    Tuesday (13 April) was the first anniversary of a massacre widely acknowledged to have ignited the civil war in the Lebanon which has killed at least 15,000 people and effectively split the country in two.

    27 Palestinians and Lebanese were killed in a bus that was fired to in a Christian district of Beirut and recriminations about responsibility have flown between the warring right and left-wing factions ever since.

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    Tuesday (13 April) was the first anniversary of a massacre widely acknowledged to have ignited the civil war in the Lebanon which has killed at least 15,000 people and effectively split the country in two.

    27 Palestinians and Lebanese were killed in a bus that was fired to in a Christian district of Beirut and recriminations about responsibility have flown between the warring right and left-wing factions ever since.

    According to Reuters, the anniversary was marked by an escalation of the war of words between Lebanese left-wing factions and neighbouring Syria, whose efforts to defuse the crisis have been backed up by the posting of at least 40 tanks inside Lebanon.

    Lebanese left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt visited a group of his supporters at their stronghold at the Beidan Pass, near the Syrian border on Tuesday. He received an enthusiastic welcome, with militiamen chanting and firing their weapons in the air.

    Mr. Jumblatt has said that he has formally appealed to the Arab League to check Syria's military intervention in the Lebanon, which he said was illegal. Earlier he had accused Syria of cutting arms supplies to the left, once regarded as Damascus's natural allies. He has also said that Syria has sent thousands of troops into the Lebanon disguised as Palestinians.

    Tuesday also saw the funeral in Beirut of a cameraman working for the WAFA news agency which speaks for the Palestinian resistance.

    On Wednesday (14 April) leftists called a general strike in the southern port of Sidon and several thousand demonstrators marched through the streets in protest against Arab and foreign intervention in the Lebanon crisis.

    The protestors carried Lebanese and Palestinian flags and placards calling for the expulsion of United States and French envoys who are trying to persuade the warring factions to end their conflict.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABEWFEDESBDC48H45QPAN9USN7
    Media URN:
    VLVABEWFEDESBDC48H45QPAN9USN7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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