INTRODUCTION: As the fighting in Lebanon neared the end of its second week, the Christian Militia Commander Beshir Gemayel called for talks with Syria in a fresh attempt to end the violence.
GV Bomb damaged area in Aley, near Beirut
SV & LV Hoses being directed at building (2 shots)
SV TILT DOWN Damaged building
SV PAN & CU Debris outside and inside household electrical goods shop (2 shots)
SV & CU Burned out cars (2 shots)
SV PAN People filling sandbags in Beirut
LV & SV Sandbags and earthworks outside shops (4 shots)
SV Man selling food in street, beside sandbags
LV People passing earthworks outside shops
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Background: INTRODUCTION: As the fighting in Lebanon neared the end of its second week, the Christian Militia Commander Beshir Gemayel called for talks with Syria in a fresh attempt to end the violence. Mr. Gemayel accused the United States of trying to create a new Berlin Wall in Lebanon by favouring Syria's peacekeeping role.
SYNOPSIS: More than 250 people have died since the start of the latest outbreak of violence two weeks ago. Two days before Mr. Gemayel made his proposal, a car bomb exploded in the predominantly-Moslem town of Aley, situated in the mountains 12 kilometres east of the capital on the main highway between Beirut and Damascus. Despite the firefighting efforts of soldiers from the All-Syrian Arab Defence Force (ADF), several shops were gutted and a supermarket was set on fire. Two people were killed and at least 18 injured in the attack on the town's main street. The bomb destroyed six cars and badly damaged at least three others. No official explanation was given for the attack.
In Beirut on Tuesday (14 April) there were frequent reports of intermittent fighting, and the inhabitants of the beleaguered city took advantage of a brief lull in the shooting to protect their homes and property against any further outbreaks of violence.
Prime Minister Shafik Al-Wazzan and Speaker Kamel Al-Asaad had been trapped inside the Parliament building by snipers who injured a security guard. Two Presidential Palace guards were also hurt and a car was wrecked when shells fell in the Palace grounds. The museum area dividing the two sectors of the city was also shelled. Mr. Gemayel has claimed a victory for his Christian forces in the latest round of fighting. But so have the ADF, who have taken journalists on guided tours of positions occupied by their troops which they claimed had been in the hands of the Christians only days before.