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Mideast / Israeli-Syrian Air Fight #60276

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 27, 1979
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(Studio) Fight between Israeli and Syrian planes over Sidon, Lebanon, reported Reports from both Israel and Syria stated. Apparent Israeli use of US-made F-15's noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Sale of United States aircraft overseas noted made on condition they're used for defense purposes only; United States position that Israelis didn't so use F-15's today stated. State Department statement given. Details about past Israeli-Syrian air encounters and that today given. Speculation re: reasons for fight, include possible attempt by Syrian President Hafez Assad to distract from domestic unrest, reported.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank

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