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Lebanon #81176

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 12, 1983
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(Studio) Communists& Moslem fundamentalists reported fighting for control of Tripoli, Lebanon; details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Continue factional fighting and diplomatic maneuvering here preventing reunification examined; historical roles of Christian party, Sunni Moslems, Shiite Moslems noted. Christian control of nation's political and econ. system explained. [Amal Shiite Moslem spokesperson Nabih BERRI - wants equality.] Apparent defection of large number Druse Moslem troops from national army due to that group's dissatisfaction with situation mentioned; Druse leader Walid Jumblatt's threat to form Druse mountain state noted threatening United States efforts to stabilize Lebanese government [Govt. spokesperson Farouk JABR - expects attempt to partition Lebanon.] Amount of Lebanese territory actually controlled by Christians noted. [Lebanese army commander Fadi FREM - feels resuming war is foolish.]

Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike

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