SITUATION REPORT AS OF 0900 HOURS LOCAL

Created: 10/23/1983

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SITUATION REPORT AS OF0 HOURS LOCAL 23 OCTOBER3

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THIS IS A SITUATION REPORT PREPARED AT0 HOURS LOCAL TIME ON CTOBER EXT: 1. 2 HOURS ON CTOBER EHICLE LOADED HITH EXPLOSIVES (NFI> EXPLODED INSIDE THE. MARINE AMPHIBIOUS UNIT (MAU) Of THE MULTINATIONAL (PEACEKEEPING) FORCE <HNF) BATTALION PAGE *

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LANDING IE AM tBLTJ QUA RTE US UUI LIU Nb Al Ub'lRUT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE BLT BUILDING, A fOUS-FIVE STORY BUILDING, ALSO SERVED AS BARRACKS AND DINING HALL FOR THE HEADOUARTERS STAFF. THE MAU ESTIMATES0 MARINE PERSONNEL UERE IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME Of THE EXPLOSION. . EMBASSY)

VEHICLE, BELIEVED TO BEARGE TRUCK, AN AIRPORT PARKING LOT SOUTH OF THE BLT, SMASHEDMETAL 6ATE AND PAST MARINE DEFENSIVE POSITIONS INTO THE LOBBY

OF THE BUILDING WHERE IT DETONATED. THE LOBBY EXTENDS TO THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING. MOST OF THE MARINES IN THE BUILDING WHICH COLLAPSED ARE BELIEVED DEAD. THE HOUNDED ARE BEING EVACUATED TO THE ITALIAN MNF FIELD HOSPITAL LOCATED NEAR THE SABRA-SHATlLA REFUGEE CAMPS, . NAVAL VESSELS OFF SHORE AND, TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND LEBANESE DISASTER ORGANIZATIONS ARE ASSISTING IN THE REMOVAL OF THE DEAD AND HOUNDED. HEAVY EQUIPMENT FROM THE ER LI BAN" CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IS ASSISTING IN MOVING THE RUBBLE. . EMBASSY)

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MN F FORlt IN AL-BAIDA WAS ALSO DESTROYED BY AN EXPLOSION. THERE IS LITTLE INFORMATION AT THIS TIME REGARDING CASUALTIES BUTRENCH SOLDIERS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION. FRENCH CASUALTIES ARE ALSO BEING EVACUATED TO THE ITALIAN MNF FIELD HOSPITAL. . EMBASSY)

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