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    Israel has opened an official border post near Dovev on it's northern frontier with Lebanon to process hundreds of Lebanese refugees entering Israel.

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    GV Lebanese cars parked near border post PAN TO Customs and health inspection tents

    SV Lebanese family entering search sheds

    SV Lebanese waiting to pass through Customs (2 shots)

    SV Israeli Customs officiers checking Lebanese luggage

    SV Relatives greeting Lebanese as they pass through into Israel (2 shots)

    The Israeli Government says that initially Lebanese crossing the frontier were Christians. However, officials say many now crossing are Moslems. According to Reuters reporting from Beirut, the Palestine Liberation Organisation has been angered by the "good fence" policy and has been trying to discourage people from crossing the frontier. The Israeli-Syrian agreement about meetings on the Golan Heights was reached last week after long negotiations. Initially the Syrians rejected the idea. Now they have agreed to allow Druze families on both sides of the United Nations truce line to meet. The Druze, who broke away from Islam in the 11th Century, live mainly in Hill villages in Israel, Syria and Lebanon as well as on the Golan Heights. Meanwhile in Lebanon on Wednesday (25 August) as fighting continued, the pro left-wing Beirut Radio announced that Arab League officials would meet representatives of all the warring factions on Friday (27 August) to discuss a new ceasefire.

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    Background: Israel has opened an official border post near Dovev on it's northern frontier with Lebanon to process hundreds of Lebanese refugees entering Israel.

    SYNOPSIS: The post opened on Monday (23 August) when a group of Lebanese Christians crossed the frontier for a month's visit to relatives in Haifa, Nazareth and the smaller Arab communities in Galilee.

    In the past few weeks thousands of Lebanese have crossed from their troubled country from their troubled country into israel. Many come for medical treatment, others to find work and some to visit relations they have not seen for years.

    The visits are the latest stage in Israel's evolving "good fence" policy. Officials estimate some 6,000 Lebanese have been treated by doctors at border clinics. About 100 Lebanese men and women have been found work in forestry and factories and trade goes on across the line.

    Security is strict with officials checking for smuggled explosives and weapons. But Israel claims that elements of the Lebanese Arab Army actually co-operate in guiding refugees to the frontier.

    Israel says it regards the "good fence" police as a vital propaganda weapon to achieve understanding with neighbouring Arab states. The Lebanese enter on the same terms as those who have crossed from Jordan since 1967. Israel has also reached agreement with Syria for meetings of families divided by the truce line on the Golan Heights.

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