INTRODUCTION: There's been an increase in security on both sides of the Israeli-Lebanese border as Syrian peace-keeping forces advance down Lebanon to within a few miles of the Israeli border.
SV Israeli patrol along Lebanese border fence with background noise of gunfire.
SV PULL BACK TO GV FROM Lebanese Falangists patrol on far side of fence TO Israeli patrol working parallel
SV Armoured vehicle following Israeli patrol
SV ZOOM IN Israelis and Lebanese Falangists talk to each other over wire fence
SV PAN FROM Falangists TO Israelis continuing patrol
LV Israelis walking down road along border
Israel delivered its withdrawal demand to Syria through U S diplomatic channels According to Israeli officials, the United States was told by Syria that the troops will withdraw to previous positions after collecting weapons in the area The United States has also advised Lebanon to tread carefully in sending peace-keeping forces into the sensitive southern part of the country, according to news reports from Lebanon.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: There's been an increase in security on both sides of the Israeli-Lebanese border as Syrian peace-keeping forces advance down Lebanon to within a few miles of the Israeli border. Battles between Lebanese right and left wing factions have also been reported as tension rises in the area.
SYNOPSIS: The border zone in souther Lebanon is patrolled by Christian gunmen, members of the Maronite Falange. However the region that they control is more densely populated by Moslems than Christians. The Moslems are not armed and, according to news reports, are not pleased to see armed Christian troops near their villages.
At least two large Moslem villages in the heart of the buffer zone are said to be controlled by the Palestinians. Breaking several weeks of calm, exchanges of fire have taken place around Klea, a strongly defended Christian village. The Syrians who were largely responsible for stopping the 19-month old civil war, are part of the Arab League peace-keeping force.
Since last June, when Israel opened the fence separating the two countries, more than 15,000 Lebanese have crossed the border for medical treatment, shopping expeditions, and work. However, the border has been heavily re-manned after Israeli warnings that Syrian troops had recently moved "dangerously close" to the limits acceptable to Israel.
Israel has since demanded that Syria pulls back from its positions in southern Lebanon after its mission -- collecting left wing and Palestinian weapons.