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Mideast Developments / Lebanon / Israeli Withdrawal / Christian Fighting #499241

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 13, 1978
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(Studio) Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon noted; United Nations response to Israelis' turning over control in some occupied areas to Lebanese Christians rather than to United Nations forces reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(S. Lebanon) Details given about Israelis' relinquishing control along border area of occupied territory to Christian militia, at ceremony at Mis el Jabal. Comments of Lebanese Christian leader Saad Hadad and of Israeli commander Avigdor Ben Gal quoted. Israelis' supply of Christians with arms and armor to use against PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(S. Lebanon) Report on Palestinian military situation along dividing line at Litani River Palestinian spokesperson's reports that they are already infiltrating UN-patrolled areas in south noted. [Palestinian leftist Bassam Abu SHARIF - says operations against Israelis will continue as long as Palestinian problem not solved.] Scheduled withdrawal of United Nations forces and predictions they will remain for some time noted.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Studio) Fighting between factions of Lebanese Christians in north part of country reported Conflict between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon 2 years ago mentioned.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Brown, Hilary;
Chancellor, John;
Mallory, Steve

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