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.
SV Woman standing outside bombed out home
SV & LV PAN Shell-damaged walls and buildings (2 shots)
SV Crater in road
GV PAN FROM Deir Mimas TO distant hills
SV PAN EXTERIOR & INTERIOR Damaged house with shrapnel in walls (3 shots)
SV PAN Funeral procession
CU major Sa'ad Haddad speaking in English
HADDAD; "I am sorry for the world.. they have lost their conscience. All of them, they are afraid of the embargo of oil. So they want by any way, any means to get rid of us. To give all the area for the terrorists. But we would that we are not going to give up and whatever will happen even if we will be, all of us exterminated, we will hold on."
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Background: 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.