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Mideast / United States Arms / Refugees / United Nations Force #257026

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 23, 1978
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(Studio) Defense Department study with regard to possible United States laws broken by Israel use of US weapons in invasion of Lebanon reported Truce said still in force. Arrival of United States refugee relief supplies noted, filmed. 265,000 refugees reported, a third Palestinians. French troops , part of United Nations peace force, and their arrival in Lebanon noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Beirut, Lebanon) Film of French troop arrival shown. Strategy explained. Retention of Tyre by Palestinians noted. Weapons described. Major General Emmanuel Erskine's inspection of French contingent reported [UN Commander ERSKINE - denies intention of using weaponry.] Troops filmed marching and singing at Beirut airport; cease-fire violations from south Lebanon reported PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reaction to United Nations reported Ancient castle filmed. Palestinian stance detailed, include desire for Israelis to leave and continuation of guerrilla raids, despite United Nations presence.

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike

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