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Mideast Developments / Lebanon / Christian Fighting / Israeli Withdrawal #54234

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 13, 1978
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(Studio) Fighting among Lebanese Christian factions in north Lebanon noted; death of son of former president Suleiman Franjieh reported Israeli with- drawal from south Lebanon, signaled by lowering of Israeli flag in Mis el Jabal, stated.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(S. Lebanon) Details of Israeli withdrawal given; indications of Israeli reservations about strength of United Nations forces in keeping Palestinians out of s. Lebanon noted in turning over of positions to Christian Lebanese rather than to United Nations forces. [Israeli north troop commander General Avigdor BEN GAL - discusses his troops' withdrawal.] Rptd. agreement to cooperate between Christian commander, Major Saad Hadad, and United Nations commander, General Emmanuel Erskine, mentioned; determination of Christians to look out for selves reported [Christian SOLDIER - says United Nations forces there to Protect people in area, but if it's not done, they know how to protect selves.] Protection of Israeli border from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) by both United Nations and Christian troops noted. United Nations headquarters at Nakura mentioned. [ERSKINE - is straightforward and honest. Is happy if ea. side accuses him of favoring other.]
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

Reasoner, Harry;
Seamans, Bill

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