CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 16, 1978
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(Studio) United States call for Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon reported; government spokesperson's statements outlined, include possible proposal for United Nations peacekeeping force in area. Contd. fighting in south Lebanon between Israelis and Palestinians described.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Israel-Lebanon Border) Details of further battles given, include Israeli destruction of bridge at Litani River to keep guerrilla reinforcements out of area and air attacks on guerrilla bases in area supervised by Syrian peacekeeping forces. Battles around Taibay, Kantar and Marjayoun and Kleia noted; foreign press tour of latter 2 villages mentioned. Funerals for 1st of war dead, in Tel Aviv, reported.
REPORTER: Jerry Bowen
(Tyre, Lebanon) Report on damage done by Israeli sea attack on Tyre. Family mourning for 1 reported civilian killed in shelling mentioned. PLO officials' statement with regard to number killed or injured so far reported [Guerrilla Ali SAEED - will fight Israelis if they come to Tyre.] Israelis' stated intention of staying in south Lebanon till it's no longer used as Palestinian base noted.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell
(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reports in Beirut with regard to Israeli occupation of bases and denial of defeat reported Film shown of interview with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) spokesperson Mahmoud Labadi, by reporter Mike Lee. [LABADI - cites moving bases in mount and says there are no secure borders and no security belt for Israelis, as PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) operation in Tel Aviv has told Israelis.] Egyptian President Sadat's condemnation of Israeli attack stated, according to report from John Sheahan in Cairo, Egypt. Film shown. [SADAT - says force won't provide security for Israel, but thru terms of good neighborliness.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite, John Sheahan
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