In Lebanon, a left-wing guerrilla who was killed in a clash with rightist forces was given a military funeral in Beirut on Sunday (20 May).
SV AND GV: coffin carried out of church by pallbearers and placed in van in Beirut. (2 shots)
GV: armed militia outside church.
SV: hearse leaving (2 shots)
SV: armed troops standing next to car.
SV AND GV: coffin arrives at cemetery with mourners. (2 shots)
GV: coffin lowered into ground ZOOM INTO soldier firing gun in salute
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Background: In Lebanon, a left-wing guerrilla who was killed in a clash with rightist forces was given a military funeral in Beirut on Sunday (20 May). Fierce fighting broke out on Friday (18 May) between members of the Nationalist Syrian Socialist Party and the recently merged right-wing Falange and National Liberal Party in the hills north-east of Beirut, about fifty kilometres (30 miles) from the capital. It was not clear what started the fighting. Rightist sources put the death toll in the clash as high as fourteen.
SYNOPSIS: The Nationalist Syrian Socialist Party is aligned with the predominantly Syrian peace keeping force which was keeping force which was mandated by the Arab League to enforce the cease-fire which ended Lebanon's civil war in 1976. There have been frequent outbreaks of violence since then between Syrian troops and the right-wing militiamen. The left-wing faction involved in last week's outbreak of fighting advocate the formation of a "Greater Syria", extending the power of the Arab state to Lebanon. The presence of the thirty thousand Syrian troops in Lebanon has been a major issue in the continued conflict between the country's various political factions.
The recent summit talks between Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad and Lebanese President Elias Sarkis in Damascus centred on the future of the peacekeeping force and the need to establish a government of national unity. It is thought that the Syrian troops may be withdrawn from particularly sensitive right-wing guerrilla was killed, a cease-fire was enforced along the lines of this proposed national policy. Lebanese troops took control of the area and the right and left wing forces withdrew to their previous positions.