One hundred Palestinians, held by the Israelis in Southern Lebanon for over three months, were released on September 29.
SV AND CU Relatives of prisoners waiting (2 shots)
GV Coachful of released PLO prisoners arriving
CU Woman waiting anxiously
SV ZOOM IN CU Prisoners leaning out coach window being greeted by relatives
SV Relatives waiting as prisoners get out of coach and old woman crying (5 shots)
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Background: One hundred Palestinians, held by the Israelis in Southern Lebanon for over three months, were released on September 29. Crowds of Palestinian civilians, mainly women, were anxiously awaiting the arrival of coaches bringing, they hoped their long-lost friends or relatives. But, for many, the long wait had been in vain. As the prisoners alighted from coaches, Palestinian civilians expressed their fear of the Israeli-backed Christian forces of Major Saad Hadda, which control Southern Lebanon. Major Hadda's militiamen are believed to have taken part in the recent massacre of Palestinian civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut. Palestinians held prisoner by the Israelis are being denied by their captors the "Prisoner of War" status defined by the Geneva Convention. Israel, however, claims it is providing Palestinians with the facilities required under Geneva Convention rules.