CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Admin.'s concern that collapse of President Amin Gemayel's government in Lebanon will signal defeat of United States policy in general in Mideast discussed; Gemayel said acceding to Syrian demands to annul May 17th agreement with Israel. Response of Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir mentioned; Secretary of State George Shultz, architect of Lebanon-Israeli agreement, said warned at the time by Mideast experts of Syrian obstinacy to accords. Saudi Arabian peace plan agreed to by Gemayel today outlined on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
(Studio) Latest Marine withdrawal plan announced by White House reported Druse capture of Damur, Mechref from Lebanese army and threat of confrontation between Israeli tank convoy in region and militia forces discussed. Details illustrated on map. Druse said targeting Suk al-Gharb, Lebanese army's last position outside Beirut; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Kfar Matta, Lebanon) Recapture of village from army by Druse forces examined; films shown. Evidence of Christian Phalange and Lebanese army massacre of civilians shown, discussed. [Druse SPOKESPERSON - idens. bodies of women and children.] Christians noted refusing to bury bodies as well as denying Red Cross access to site since slaughter last fall. [DRUSE - idens. family mbrs.] Murder here last September of Canadian television journalist Clark Todd recalled; discovery of his death message to family noted, shown.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
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