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Israel / Violence / Abu Jihad Assassination #115056

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 18, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Investigators reported concluding that Abu Jihad was assassinated in Tunis, Tunisia, by Israelis. Report introduced.

(W. Bank: Dean Reynolds) Public and private responses of Israel to killing of Abu Jihad reported [Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak SHAMIR, Israeli foreign minister Shimon PERES, Israeli defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - have nothing to say about it.] Sources reported explaining commando raid by Mossad and defense forces; details given, scenes shown. [Terrorism expert Yossi OLMERT - says Abu Jihad was military head of PLO.] Abu Jihad's role in Mar. hijacking of Israeli bus and in Palestinian unrest in Israeli-occupied territories described; scenes shown. Intensification of confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians reported; scenes shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Funeral for Abu Jihad reported set to take place in Damascus, Syria; issue of differences between Yasir Arafat and Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad discussed. Report introduced.

(Tunis, Tunisia: Don Kladstrup) Mtg. of Tunisian interior minister with Arafat to express condolences about assassination of Abu Jihad reported; scenes shown. Announcement by Tunisian officials of lodging of complaint with United Nations about Israel's murder of Abu Jihad noted. Description of assassination given; diagram shown. [Daughter Imad JIHAD - describes details of incident.] [Widow Umm JIHAD - asks why husband was shot so many times.] Comments from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) on lack of security measures quoted.

Jennings, Peter;
Kladstrup, Don;
Reynolds, Dean

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