• Short Summary

    In Southern Lebanon, Palestinian guerrillas and Christian militia force on Sunday (21 October) exchanged artillery, mortar and heavy machinegun fire in the most serious clash since the United Nations initiated ceasefire came into forces at the end of August.

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    In Southern Lebanon, Palestinian guerrillas and Christian militia force on Sunday (21 October) exchanged artillery, mortar and heavy machinegun fire in the most serious clash since the United Nations initiated ceasefire came into forces at the end of August. The fighting came less than twenty-four hours after a delegation of United States black civil rights and labour leaders visited the area.

    SYNOPSIS: Nabatieh was badly hit by the shelling which lasted for about eight hours on Sunday (21 October). The August 26th United Nations ceasefire has been broken by both sides but their has been relative calm in the volatile border region where Israeli-backed rightist militias control a strip of territory between Israel and the U.N. forces. United Nations forces were unable to say who had started Sunday's fighting. But a United Nations spokesman said "De Facto Forces", the U.N. term for the rightwing Christian militias fired two hundred and fifty artillery mortar and tank shells and more than four thousand machinegun rounds during the fighting.

    Two people were killed in the militia-controlled village of Deir Mimas. A United Nations spokesman said the palestinians and Lebanese leftists responded to the militia fire with fifty-seven mortar and six hundred machinegun rounds. Major Sa'ad Haddad, leader of the Christian militia accused the PLOT of not honouring the UNIFIL declared ceasefires.

    As the latest victims of the fighting were buried, Major Sa'ad Haddad vowed that his people would continue fighting.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACJ2FITOMZE141ZTNT5L9TVK0O
    Media URN:
    VLVACJ2FITOMZE141ZTNT5L9TVK0O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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