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Lebanon / Arafat #81914

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 03, 1983
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(Studio) Death toll from Tripoli, Lebanon, fighting and political implications for PLO chairperson Yasir Arafat noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Today's fighting in Tripoli examined; films shown. Battle noted between Syrian-backed PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) rebels and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) supporters of Arafat; implications of Arafat's emergency appeal to other Arab states for support and his reference to past massacres in Beirut refugee camps considered.
REPORTER: Jim Hickey

(No location given) [ARAFAT - denies his career and possibly life are at stake in Tripoli battle.] Background to Arafat's increasing loss of control in PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reviewed; his failure to establish future indirect negotiations with Israel through Jordan's King Hussein and Syria's reaction recalled. [ARAFAT - hopes Syrian President Hafez al-Assad won't create new disaster for PLO.] PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) loyalists' perception of Assad's intentions outlined.

Hickey, Jim;
Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike

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