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Lebanon / Civil War Recap #245369

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 13, 1976
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(Studio) Lebanon civil war is 1 year old. Fragile truce in effect. Christians and Moslems argue over Syria's role.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Beirut, Lebanon) 13,000 killed, 25,000 wounded, and 1000s forced to leave homes. 26 cease-fires declared and broken. April `75 film shown. Busload of Palestinians were killed in Christian neighborhood. May `75 film shown. Fighting intensified. War is class struggle with religious overtones. Jam. `76 film shown. Christians lost coastal town of Damour in Moslem assault. Christians surrounded Moslem slum of Quarantina in retaliation and massacred many. March `76 film shown. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad set up promising truce. Reforms agreed to but never begun. Cntry. slid back into war. Leftists under command of Kamal Jumblatt push Christians out of hotel district and pound mount villages with artillery. Last week's film shown. Latest truce is scaling down of war. Christian and Moslem refugees' lifestyles noted. Victims wait for pols. to end war.

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike

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