INTRODUCTION: Israel has been accused of launching an underground guerrilla war against the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
GV & SV Rescuers and cored at scene of bombing
GV Body being lowered from building
SV PAN DOWN Photographer on top of bombed car
SV Injured man taken to ambulance on stretcher
GV INTERIOR Theatre staff at hospital operating
CU PAN UP Victim with back and head wounds
GV & SV EXTERIOR Military band leads coffin in funeral procession (3 shots)
SV Women mourners chanting
GV Coffin carried into cemetery
SV Body lowered into grave, surrounded by mourners
GV Firing party with volley of shots over grave
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel has been accused of launching an underground guerrilla war against the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Salah Khalaf, a leading member of the PLO's Fatah group has alleged the latest wave of bombings in Lebanon were masterminded by Israeli agents. Israel strongly denies the allegation.
SYNOPSIS: The latest attack occurred on Thursday (1 October) in the Palestinian quarter of Beirut. A car bomb exploded near the PLO external information bureau killing 80 people and injuring another 250.
The blast crumbled a wall over the entrance to a basement factory, trapping around 30 worker for several hours. It sliced the facade off several other buildings, started a series of fires and shattered cars in the streets. It caused shocking injuries.
Emergency services and medical staff at nearby hospitals worked frantically through the night.
The car bomb with its 100-kilograms of explosive caused terrible injuries to people in the street and nearby buildings. The scale of the damage was extensive even by Beirut standards, and was greeted with shock and outrage by many Beirutis.
Funerals for some of the victims were held on Saturday (3 October). A military band led the cortege as hundreds of mourners paid their last respects. The bombing prompted immediate calls for increased security throughout Lebanon with Prime Minister Shafiq Al-Wazzan promising measures of "an extraordinary nature" to prevent further attacks. More than 100 people have died in a string of car bomb explosions over the past three weeks in Lebanon and a total of 450 have been wounded.
Although the PLO has accused Israeli agents, the 'Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners' has claimed responsibility for the killings.
The Front told Reuters it had set off five previous explosions and the latest blast in Beirut. The group is believed to be opposed to the presence of Syrians and Palestinians in Lebanon.