NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 24, 1981
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(Studio) General background to current war in Lebanon, involving Syria and Israel, outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Beirut, Lebanon) Citizens' efforts to cope with continual war; private armies such as the Phalange, an ultra right Christian militia, examined. [Phalangist leader Beshiv JERMILE - claims Syria wants Lebanon to become its province.] Phalange, composed mostly of Maronite Christians, noted policing Christian sectors as well as collecting taxes; their attacks on bro. Christians noted. [Former President Camille CHAMOUN - comments on Phalangists and freedom.] Syrian position on situation outlined; President Elias Sarkis' inability to control the country discussed. Possible implications of Syria President Hafez al-Assad's recent treaty with USSR mentioned. [Camille CHAMOUN - comments.] Citizens' continued efforts to cope discussed.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory