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Scotland / Pan Am Plane Crash / Investigation / Arafat #325448

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 01, 1989
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Syria and Libya reported suspected of planting bomb on Pan Am plane that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland. Reports introd.

(London, England: Bill McLaughlin) Sources reported asserting that Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine General-Command leader Ahmed Jabril received orders from Muammar el-Kadhafi and Syrian officials to plant bomb. Kadhafi reported avenging United States air raid on Libya in 1986; Jabril quoted. Kadhafi and Jabril noted angry with regard to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's diplomacy overtures toward United States and Israel. Jabril noted having to clear attack with head of Syrian military intelligence.

(Paris, France: Doug Tunnell) Syrian officials reported denying involvement in Pan Am bombing. [January 28, Jabril spokesperson Omar SHEHABI - (thru translator) says Syria does not practice terrorism.] Israeli attacks upon Jabril's headquarters in Lebanon recalled; scenes shown. Jabril recalled denouncing United States and Arafat's PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) policy. [Syrian defense minister Mustafa TLASS - (thru translator) says Israel planted bomb.] Syria noted not publicly condemning bombing; Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Sharaa mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli officials quoted with regard to Arafat's involvement in bombing.

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Tunnell, Doug
Duration:
00:04:40

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