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Lebanon / Waite, Hostages #107818

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 07, 1987
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(Studio: Kathleen Sullivan) Report introduced.

(Damascus, Syria: Jerry King) Shiite Amal leader Nabih Berri, primary negotiator in 1985 Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking to Beirut, said proposing scheme for release of Anglican envoy Terry Waite and United States hostages requiring that Israel meet terrorists' demands; details given, scenes shown. [BERRI - outlines proposal.] Islamic Jihad's statement on Waite mentioned. [BERRI - claims Waite's in good health; expects his release soon.] Apparent strategy behind Berri's suggestion considered.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Israel's response to Berri's proposal discussed; details given, scenes shown. [Former defense minister Moshe ARENS - questions Berri's ability to negotiate.] Israeli precedent of such prisoner exchange reviewed. United States naval presence in region noted. [Rear Admiral Avraham Ben SHOSHAN - describes capture of Lebanese shipload of PLO terrorists.]

King, Jerry;
Reynolds, Dean;
Sullivan, Kathleen

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