CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 06, 1984
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(Studio) Intense fighting in Beirut, Lebanon, today said pushing government of President Amin Gemayel to brink.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Druse and Shiite militias reported taking over most of city; films shown. [WOMAN - reacts to fighting.] Role of United States warships and Marines described; political strength of Shiite Moslem's Amal militia explained. [Amal leader Nabih BERRI - claims he commands Lebanese army, not Gemayel.] Gemayel's current leadership status, symbolized by Marine presence, discussed. [BERRI - warns Marines and multintl. forces against continued support for Gemayel.] Gemayel noted only Lebanese political who still supports accord with Israel. [BERRI - comments.] Syria mentioned hosting meeting today of Lebanese pols. seeking to form new government
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey
(DC) Seriousness of Lebanon situation said illustrated by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's interruption of Senate committee hearing to take call from White House, which he later discussed with Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson John Vessey. [WEINBERGER - is not at liberty to disclose contents of telephone call.] Pentagon said acknowledging Shiite's growing control of Beirut. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - considers situation unfortunate.] Pentagon said ruling out possibility of sending United States troops into city to help Lebanese army; President Reagan's claim that Syria is chief culprit outlined. Defense Intelligence Agency's estimate of number Syrian troops in Lebanon mentioned.
REPORTER: David Martin
(Studio) House For. Relations Committee reported delaying final draft of Democrat-backed resolution calling for withdrawal of Marines from Beirut; committee chairperson Representative Dante Fascell quoted. Israeli official's effort to downplay today's fighting in Beirut discussed; number Israeli troops in south Lebanon mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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