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Mideast / Israeli Raid Developments #53020

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 16, 1978
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(Studio) Update on continued fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in south Lebanon; film shown. Israelis' attack on historic castle, dating back to Crusades and recently in use by Palestinians to shell Christian Lebanese, noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Kleia, Lebanon) Report on Israeli-conducted tour of occupied south Lebanon for jnlists. based in Israel. Border crossing at Kleia, tour to Marjayoun reported [WOMAN - describes conditions of last 2 years of fighting between Palestinians and Christians. Is happy that Israelis have come.] Prime Min. Begin's indications that Israeli troops will remain here for while noted.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans {Report noted as edited by Israelis}

(Studio) Efforts of Palestinians and Lebanese in Beirut to evaluate effects of Israeli strike noted. Report is on Israeli attack on Tyre, Lebanon, on Mediterranean coast.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tyre, Lebanon) Damage to Tyre by Israeli air attacks described. Syrian announcement of intention to provide air cover for its peacekeeping troops above line of territory now occupied by Israeli reported; is noted there's no sign of major Palestinian counterattack.
REPORTER: Jerry King

(Studio) Continuing reaction in Arab capitals noted. President Sadat's comments on Israeli action and effect on peace initiative stated. Film shown. [SADAT - says recent Israeli action won't provide security. Will watch situation closely, because had thought problem about to be solved peacefully. Condemns use of force to solve Mideast conflict.] Report on burials for victims on both sides of conflict, include ceremony outside Tel Aviv attended by defense minister Weizman.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Report on interview with Weizman, via telephone and satellite. Weizman's statements with regard to casualties on both side reported; he is questioned re: bombing of civilians. [WEIZMAN - assures absolutely no civilian targets bombed. Cites PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) practice of mixing civilians with fighters. Hopes no innocent people killed, but doesn't know.] Anchor asks about Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. [WEIZMAN - states Israel's position on this issue; says solution must be found by family of ntns.] Anchor notes Begin's statement with regard to Israel's continued occupation of territory till PLO out. [WEIZMAN - says Israel would be glad for sovereign state's army to come in and take over, if dealing with nation like Egypt, Jordan or Syria, but questions Lebanon's ability to do this.] Question with regard to any talks with Lebanese President Sarkis. [WEIZMAN - notes Sarkis' admission of no control over south and comments on that situation. Responds to question with regard to this is opportunity for Israel to turn other cheek, in midst of peace negotiations.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) United States efforts to get Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon reported Secretary of State Vance's meeting with USSR Ambassador Dobrynin and United Nations Ambassador Young's meeting at White House mentioned. State Dep. spokesperson Hodding Carter III's issuance of administration statement on situation detailed.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Koppel, Ted;
Seamans, Bill;
Walters, Barbara

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