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South Lebanon Fighting / Israel #254287

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) Israeli-backed Christians in south Lebanon say they've captured Palestinian stronghold of Kniam, but Palestinians deny it. Israel gets some shelling during fighting.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Metullah, Israel) USSR -made rockets hit Kiryat Shmona Israel, today; details noted. There is no doubt here that shelling is done by Palestinians in retaliation for Israeli aid to Christians. Israeli artillery fires back. Controversy surrounding Israel's public stance re: Lebanon involvement noted. In order to get Palestinians out of last stronghold, Israel would have to commit more troops to fighting, at time when foreign minister Dayan talks peace in New York City.

(S. Lebanon) Palestinians admit they can no longer move freely along border, because Israeli-backed Christian forces hold land from Marjayoun to Israel border and that there's tacit agreement that Syrian peace-keeping forces in Lebanon won't move south of Litani and Hassbani Rivers. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat says he wants United States to pressure Israel to stop helping Christians. [ARAFAT - says United States can pressure Israel through UN, as well as through own influence with supplies to Israelis.] Conflict is more of political nature than all-out shooting and could go along this way for long time. Palestinians say hills are their allies and they can hold out here forever.
REPORTER: John Sheahan

Cronkite, Walter;
Sheahan, John;
Simon, Bob

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