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Middle East / Hostage Crisis / Threat #123783

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 20, 1989
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Damascus, Syria: Jerry King) Threat from group holding American hostages in Lebanon that harm will come if France intervenes reported; details given of note from Revolutionary Justice Org., which include photograph of hostage Edward Tracy. France noted sending two ships to region; statement of ship's mission from French President Francois Mitterrand quoted. Appeal from Hizballah leader Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah that Iranian assets in United States should be unfrozen as prelude to hostage negotiations noted; response from President Bush's administration mentioned.

Donaldson, Sam;
King, Jerry

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