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Lebanon #71980

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 05, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Syria reported incring. its missile arsenal in Lebanon with addition of SAM-3; impact on Israel's air defense strategy noted. Other missiles already being deployed by Syria in Lebanon discussed; implications of addition of SAM-3 missiles considered.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(DC) New diplomatic initiative launched by Reagan administration to head off Syria-Israeli war examined; Philip Habib, former undersecretary of state, said leaving for Mideast mission tomorrow. Details given. Israeli ambassador reported delivering Begin's response to request for restraint by President Reagan. [Ambassador Ephraim EVRON - looks forward to Habib's efforts.] USSR 's apparent desire to fend off showdown noted; Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin mentioned. Israel's continued warning about missiles' removal cited.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Prime Min. Menahem Begin's response to Habib's mission quoted; USSR noted sending emissary Georgi Korniyenko to Damascus, Syria, tomorrow.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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