INTRODUCTION: Lebanese officials have been holding crucial talks with the Syrians on a peace plan of the strife-torn country as the Israeli cabinet met on Friday (1 May) to discuss the growing conflict with Syria over the Lebanon.
GV AND ZOOM OUT Damaged building in Kiryat Shemona
SV PAN DOWN INTERIOR Wreckage and EXTERIOR GV people standing outside (2 shots)
EXTERIOR American ambulance drawing up and wounded going in to hospital (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR Wounded being treated by doctors
GV INTERIORS PAN Women an children refugees in Jounie (2 shots)
GV's Women knitting and cooking (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Damaged chalet in Zarour ski resort
GV INTERIOR PAN Down wreckage inside chalet
GV EXTERIOR Armoured jeep on patrol (2 shots)
GV's Man picking up shell and firing form mortar (3 shots)
GV Armoured jeep patrolling street
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Lebanese officials have been holding crucial talks with the Syrians on a peace plan of the strife-torn country as the Israeli cabinet met on Friday (1 May) to discuss the growing conflict with Syria over the Lebanon. The crisis blew up when Israeli planes shot down two Syrian helicopters over Lebanon's Bekaa Valley last Tuesday (28 April). The Syrians responded by moving Soviet-made Sam-6 and Sam-2 surface-to-air missiles into the area. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin said on Thursday (30 April) that he did not think there would be war between Syria and Israel as neither side wanted it, but shelling has continued. Nor has Lebanon been the only country to suffer as a rocket attack caused severe damage in the Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona.
SYNOPSIS: Eight people were hurt when the Soviet-made Katyusha rockets hit the settlement. An Israeli military spokesman said the rockets were fired from the medieval Beaufort Castle, a Palestinian stronghold close to the Israeli border. One missile went through the roof of a house into a room in which a mother and baby had been sitting moments before.
A rocket attack was also launched on a furniture factory near Nahariya. Nobody was hurt in the attack but the factory was destroyed, and several buildings badly damaged.
In Lebanon the Eastern town of Zahle has continued to be the centre of some of the heaviest fighting since the 1975-1976 Civil war. Hundreds of refugees have fled the town, many seeking refuge in the port of Jounie. At least 400 people have died since fighting broke out between the right-wing Christian militias and the All-Syrian Arab Deterrent Force (ADF) in early April.
In the mountains, Syrian troops appear to have halted their thrust against Falangist Christian militiamen in the strategic heights.
While in the ski resort of Zarour, Syrian militiamen hold the town which has been the centre of some fierce shelling attacks.
But although the shelling has continued there have been intensive diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis. Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam said on Thursday (30 April) that he and the Lebanese President were working on ways to change the abnormal relations between certain Lebanese factions and the Palestinian commandoes.