CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 17, 1985
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(Studio) Contd. captivity of passengers from Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) flight 847, taken hostage last week by Shiite terrorists from Beirut, Lebanon, reported; hostages' dispersal among Shiites in Beirut noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) plane, believed still with crew and some terrorists, noted at airport here; locations of hostages, removed during night, considered. Films shown. [Amal leader Nabih BERRI - explains having hostages relocated.] Berri's account of hostages' current status outlined. [Johns Hopkins Univ. spokesperson Fouad AJAMI - explains Berri's tenuous position in Lebanon.] Other Americans kidnapped here and still missing listed on screen accompanied by photos.
REPORTER: Larry Pintak
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) White House perception of terrorists' demands examined; films shown. [President REAGAN - claims all possible is being done.] Admin. said not asking Israel to concede to hijackers' demands. [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - restates United States position on dealing with terrorists.] National sec. adviser Robert McFarlane's telephone conversation with Berri quoted on screen; hostages' letter to White House recalled, shown. [Kathleen FLANAGAN, Steve TRAUGOTT, Kay VRBA, Jay TRAUTMANN, Roger TESTRAKE - comment on strain of relatives', friends' captivity.] Concern over possible fate of hostages with Jewish sounding names noted; White House's alleged response to Israel's reported statement described.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel's response to crisis examined; Prime Min. Shimon Peres' insistence that United States formally request Israel's release of Shiite prisoners before terrorists' demands are conceded noted. Shiite prisoners in question noted POWs taken in Lebanon and scheduled for release in near future anyway. [Harvard spokesperson Roger FISHER - considers prisoners hostages held by Israel.] Criticism here over recent exchange of large number Palestinian prisoners for 3 Israelis recalled. [Tel Aviv Univ. spokesperson Clinton BAILEY - considers possible resolution of TWA crisis.]
REPORTER: Don McNeill