CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 16, 1977
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(Studio) Assassination of Lebanon leftist leader Kamal Jumblatt, near Baakline, Lebanon, noted. Cntry.'s reaction cited; Beirut residents off streets early and Arab League peace-keeping forces on full alert. REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Beirut, Lebanon) Jumblatt's background noted; it was his leftist movement which teamed with Palestinians against Christians in civil war, which eventually ended with Syria peace-keeping forces intervention. Jumblatt's support for Yasir Arafat and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) meant political death after war. Assassination denounced by several Lebanon political leaders, include chief rival, Christian Phalangist leader Pierre Gemayel. Fear of reprisal murders in country noted.
REPORTER: Mike Lee
(Studio) Jumblatt is 4th in family to be assassinated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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