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Lebanon / Hostages #107852

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 09, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Damascus, Syria: Jerry King) Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists holding American Robert Polhill and others hostage reported extending deadline for Israel to meet their demands; letter from hostage Alan Steen quoted on screen. Notes from captives Jesse Turner, Polhill quoted. [Feryal POLHILL - questions why quartet was abducted.] Beirut car bombings today reported Israel's recent capture of boatload of Palestinians recalled; photograph shown. Shiite leader Nabih Berri mentioned, shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Israel's apparent handling of situation, reminiscent of its position during Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking, examined; details given, scenes shown. United States ambassador Thomas Pickering's meeting with Prime Min. to discuss Lebanon noted. [For. minister Shimon PERES - denies United States has pressured Israel.] [Defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - cites United States responsibility in affair.] Precedents set by Israel in such situations reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) State Department spokesperson Charles Redman's statement on issue quoted; effect of Iran arms scandal on administration's credibility noted. Item recapped at end of broadcast

Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Reynolds, Dean

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