- Title: LEBANON: HIZBOLLAH OFFICIALS VOW TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST ISRAEL
- Date: 26th May 2000
- Summary: NEAR MIMES, WESTERN BEKAA, LEBANON (MAY 26, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF DRUZE MILITIA AND MEMBERS OF THE DRUZE PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST PARTY (PSP) ON TOP OF CAPTURED SLA TANKS RIDING TOWARDS MIMES/ PSP FLAGS ON TANKS (2 SHOTS) 0.24 MIMES, WESTERN BEKAA, LEBANON (MAY 26, 2000) (REUTERS) 2. SLV TANKS ARRIVE IN VILLAGE/ CROWDS WAVING (3 SHOTS) 0.51 3. SV LEBANESE ARMY COMMANDER GREETS DRUZE PSP OFFICIALS 0.59 4. SLV DRUZE MILITIA PRESENT TANK TO ARMY 1.11 5. SV (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SAMIR ALWAN, OFFICIAL IN THE PSP SAYING "We came here today to hand over these weapons to the Lebanese army for their use. We hope they can use them and we call on all political factions in Lebanon to unite and help the country get rid of the remainder of the Israelis and the collaborators" 1.51 6. SLV VARIOUS OF LEBANESE ARMY INSPECTING TANKS/ ARMY SOLDIER PLACING LEBANESE NATIONAL FLAG ON TANK 2.06 7. VARIOUS SOLDIERS ON TANKS 2.33 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MIMES AND NEAR MIMES, WESTERN BEKAA, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
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- Story Text: Hizbollah officials have vowed to continue the fight against Israel
if it didn't pull out from disputed land along the border with Syria. The
threat comes as the Lebanese army gradually asserts control over the previously
Israeli-occupied southern zone. On Friday, it was handed over six tanks left
behind by the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army in western Bekaa.
The Muslim militia, the Druze had taken control of six tanks on Tuesday
(May 23) after the collapse of the SLA, Israel's proxy militia in the former
security zone in south Lebanon.
The tanks were then taken to the village of Mimes in western Bekaa on Friday
(May 26) by militia men and officials from Druze's political wing, the
Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) so that they could be handed over to the
Villagers cheered as the Druze entered the town on the tanks.
A Druze official said the tanks were handed back to the Lebanese forces so
that they could be used to drive out the Israeli army and its "collaborators"
from other parts of southern Lebanon, a pointed reference to the Lebanese side
of the Shebaa Hills area along the Syrian border, which remains occupied by
"We hope they can use them and we call on all political factions in
Lebanon to unite and help the country get rid of the remainder of the Israelis
and the collaborators," said Samir Alwan, an official of the PSP.
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