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Lebanon / United States Diplomats Killed #43878

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 16, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford meets reporters to announce deaths of 2 United States diplomats and their driver in Beirut. Little is known aside from fact of assassination. DC film shown. [FORD - describes mission of peace on which ambs. were when killed.]
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Ambassador Francis Meloy and cnsl. Robert Waring were en route to meeting with pres.-elect Elias Sarkis. Details of incident given. International Red Cross finds the bodies in Moslem section of Beirut. Nothing else known. Ford vows to learn who was responsible. May 10, 1976, film at White House shown. Meloy's appointed recalled. United States diplomatic effort in Beirut assessed as important. [FORD - on Washington, DC film says policy must be unchanged. Notes instructions to Henry Kissinger.] No decision made to evacuate Americans from Lebanon. No change in alert status of United States ships in eastern Mediterranean Sea.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Report from Beirut on murders announced.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Beirut, Lebanon) Apparent situation with regard to killings outlined. United States has been blamed for assisting Syria in what some view as Syrian effort to destroy Palestine movement Other kidnappings of United States embassy officers noted. Palestine splinter groups suspected. Mystery with regard to killings remains.
REPORTER: Jerry King

Dunsmore, Barrie;
King, Jerry;
Reasoner, Harry

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