Israeli forces pushed into West Beirut on September 15 only 15 hours after the assassination of the President-elect Bashir Gemayel.
GV PAN Explosion in Beirut.
GV From inside empty building of smoke rising and sound of gunfire. (2 SHOTS)
GV From balcony of building of tank in street and sound of gunfire. (2 SHOTS)
GV From inside building flat opposite, family trying to escape over wall with children. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Israeli planes flying overhead and dropping bomb. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Israeli forces pushed into West Beirut on September 15 only 15 hours after the assassination of the President-elect Bashir Gemayel. It was the first time Israeli had advanced into the Moslem west side of the city since they invaded Lebanon on June 6. Eyewitnesses said three Israeli tanks stood on the main road outside Beirut's sports stadium, which is former guerrilla training base and a prime target during the two months of fighting. Leftist militiamen appeared to be putting up some resistance to the Israelis and explosions and gunfire sounded in areas of the city occupied by Israeli troops. Three Israeli gunboats offshore appeared to be shelling built-up areas ahead of the tanks and jets were sent into back up the assault. Israel defended the attack as away of preventing serious incidents but suspicions run high that the renewed offensive is aimed at wiping out the private militias which infest the city.