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Israel / Libyan Plane #101214

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 04, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Bob Zelnick) Israeli interception of Libyan plane, forcing it to land at military base, examined; Israel said mistakenly believing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader George Habash and Palestinian terrorist leader Ahmed Jabril were on board. Later release of plane, crew and passengers, include Syrian diplomacy Abdullah al-Ahmar noted. Habash and Jabril mentioned meeting with Muammar el-Kadhafi earlier in week in Tripoli. Scenes shown. [For. minister Yitzhak SHAMIR -justifies Israel's actions.] Dipl. implications of incident for Israel considered.

(No location given: Barrie Dunsmore) Syria's reaction to intercept described. [In Libya, HABASH - admits he came to Libya on same plane with Abdullah al-Ahmar 3 days ago. Habash's role in Mideast hijackings reviewed. [HABASH - dismisses logic of claims that Libya is center of terrorism after Israeli intercept.] Libyan television said accusing United States Sixth Fleet of aiding Israel; fleet thought entering disputed Libyan waters next week as move to pressure Kadhafi.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Syria said threatening retaliation against Israel; details given.

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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