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Lebanon / Power Struggle / Israel #244844

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 15, 1976
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(Studio) 1000 troops, reported from Syrian army, cross into Lebanon. Armed forces under 4 commands maneuver in South Lebanon. President Suleiman Franjieh defies military demands to resign. Rptd. he's looking for way to let go of power.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Beirut, Lebanon) Fighting renews in hotel district. Lebanese Arab army takes up defensive positions at American embassy. Old political allies urge Franjieh to stay in office. Brigadier General Aziz el Ahdab seemed to be holding off military action in hopes of compromise. Rebel Lieutenant Ahmed al-Khatib and supporters begin moving toward president palace. [KHATIB - says will interfere militarily if Franjieh doesn't leave.] Map shows location of troops involved in possible president takeover. [Major Yakdub DAHLER - says will move against palace when receive orders to do so.] Rptd. Syria sent troops to guard road leading to palace. Standoff develops.

(Studio) No Israel comment on possible Syrian intervention.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike

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