Israeli Air Force planes raided the southern coastal area of Lebanon on Wednesday morning, hitting at the port of Tyre and the surrounding area.
GV PAN FROM: coastline TO bombed buildings.
SV PAN: damaged buildings and debris
SV: man carrying and placing clothing into boot of car
SV: another man brings clothing to car and places it in boot.
SV PAN: damaged buildings, with people standing around and woman inside damaged house.
SV: Crater TILT UP TO people standing above it.
SV: damaged vehicles (2 shots)
SV PAN INTERIOR: damaged house with bricks and other debris lying around.
SV ZOOM IN: boy hands up two cane baskets to man in truck.
SV: children at wreckage and run off.
SV ZOOM INTO CU: damaged house ZOOM INTO hand basin on wall.
SV: woman crying
Achad Burshalli, United Nations Relief and Works agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) worker, speaking in English.
Many of the people, living in the villages hit in the airstrike had been evacuated to the area from other villages.....as one survivor put it "We seem to have escaped from the frying pan into the fire".
REPORTER: "What did you do when the bomb hit, where did you hide?"
BURSHALLI: "We all of us entered the bathroom, my wife and my children.
REPORTER: "Did you know what was happening at first?"
BURSHALLI: "We are hearing only then we find our whole home down.
REPORTER: "Did any one in your family get hurt?"
BURSHALLI: "Of my family, no.....of our neighbours, a wife and her child. Ten years old."
The Lebanese Government has condemned the raids in a low-key statement after a meeting between President Elias Sarkis and the United States Ambassador in Beirut. And United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has appealed to all parties to co-operate with efforts now under way to restore peace to the Southern Lebanon.
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Background: Israeli Air Force planes raided the southern coastal area of Lebanon on Wednesday morning, hitting at the port of Tyre and the surrounding area. The death toll has been unofficially estimated at about 50. The raids were in retaliation for Palestine commando rocket attacks on the Israeli honeymoon resort of Naharya.
SYNOPSIS: The air raids on the port of Tyre and the surrounding area were in addition to a two-day artillery bombardment of the same area. The Israeli Government said the raids had been purely against terrorist bases, and no civilian places were hit. Reports from the area, however, say that in one village alone, rescue workers counted the bodies of almost 50 civilians, and every house had ben destroyed.
The raids were part of action by Israel to avenge the Palestinian commando rocket attacks on Naharya ... they were the first on the South Lebanon for two years, and constituted the biggest flare-up since the ceasefire declared on September the 26th. According to Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman...that ceasefire now no-longer exists. Six Israeli Air Force jets took part in the raids, which lasted for an hour and five minutes.