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Lebanon / Israeli Raid #71872

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 28, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Israel's attack on Palestinian targets in Damour, Lebanon, reported; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Israeli jets noted buzzing Beirut all week; today's attack on Damour, the 1st air raid since beginning of missile crisis here, examined. Map shown; apparent dispute over Israel's claim that position attacked was manned by Libyans discussed. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat said allegedly rejecting Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi's offer of troops; details given.
REPORTER: Chris Harper

(Israel) Observation flights over Lebanon said continuing; Israel's version of today's events outlined. Prime Min. Menahem Begin reported confirming Israel's intentions of continued attacks on Palestinian bases. [BEGIN - said Syrians didn't interfere today.] Syria said allegedly preparing for war against Israel, across both Syrian and Lebanese borders; Begin and President Sadat reported meeting next Thursday Significance of meeting considered. Libyans noted Sadat's prime enemy.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) State Department response to today's Israeli air strike with regard to Lebanon missile crisis noted; envoy Philip Habib reported returning to Washington, DC today after recent diplomatic efforts in Mideast.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Harper, Chris;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Seamans, Bill

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