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Lebanon / Syrian Invasion / Middle East #43753

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 01, 1976
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(Studio) Syrian troops cross into Lebanon, disarming troops of Moslem and Palestinian left. Lebanon's civil war relates to whole pattern of Mid. E. problems.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) File footage of civil war in Lebanon shown. Leftist leader Kamal Jumblatt in conciliatory mood last week; but Thursday, his sister murdered; Jumblatt's supporters called for revenge. Cycle of murder and revenge in Lebanon must be settled by external force. Syrian President Assad has championed cause of right wing Christians. Syria's invasion more acceptable to Israelis because of Syria's decision to help Christians. Palestinians causing problems in Lebanon and unrest on west bank of Jordan River in Israel. Israel refuses to deal on any level with PLO. Till this problem resolved, experts feel any Mid. E. peace plan unlikely.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) On record, Israel views Syrian invasion seriously and Israel has right to protect its interests.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry

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