A bomb explosion severely damaged a building which houses the Tunisian Embassy in Beirut. It?
GV EXT Building which houses the Tunisian Embassy ZOOM INTO MV Tunisian Embassy sign on the fourth floor.
GV EXT PAN Rear of building.
MV Damaged window
MV INT Damaged window.
MV Broken glass on the floor.
CU Sign (in French) saying Tunisian Embassy. PULL BACK TO MV Wrecked foyer.
MV PAN Damaged lift doors.
MV Damaged handrail. PAN TO man inspecting damage.
MV Damaged door on floor.
MV PAN Damaged office equipment.
MV EXT Broken glass and wreckage on pavement.
MV Soldier patrolling front of building.
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Background: A bomb explosion severely damaged a building which houses the Tunisian Embassy in Beirut. It happened on Monday, but despite the widespread damage, no-one was injured.
SYNOPSIS: Security forces said the explosion had been caused by about a kilo of dynamite placed inside the entrance to the Embassy, and the blast has been connected with recent riots in Tunisia which followed the arrest of a number of trades union leaders.
Damage to the Embassy building, which also houses offices of the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation, was widespread. Windows were shattered, considerable damage was done to equipment inside the building, and lifts were put out of action.
The attack on the Embassy prompted immediate reaction from Lebanon's Foreign Minister, Fuad Butros, who issued a statement deploring the action. He said that Lebanese authorities would take all measures to protect the Tunisian Embassy and other diplomatic missions in Beirut.
While no-one was injured in the Beirut explosion, the riots in Tunisia which have been linked to the blast, left about a hundred people dead.