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Mideast / Lebanon Crisis / Marine Bombing Probes / PLO Evacuation #82196

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 1983
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(Studio) Pentagon and congress investigations of security surrounding bombing attack on United States Marine headquarters in Beirut earlier in fall noted. Criticisms from both groups cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Details given with regard to investigations by both Defense Department and Congress Congress committee hearings on security of Marines at time of attack outlined; committee hearings on security of Marines at time of attack outlined; committee trip to Beirut and hearing from witnesses, include chairperson of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine foot soldier, cited. [Kentucky Representative Larry HOPKINS - comments.] Citations from committee said planned against former Marine commander in Lebanon, Colonel Timothy Geraghty, and other higher level military personnel. Erosion of support for keeping Marines in Lebanon said noted by one Democrat committee mbr.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(Studio) Israel's statement with regard to lapse in security in connection with bombing of Israeli military headquarters in south Lebanon in November reported Greek ships noted to have sailed from Cyprus toward Tripoli, Lebanon, to evacuate PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's troops from city. French naval escort for Greek ships cited. Israeli shelling of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) from gunboats offshore mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tripoli, Lebanon) Israeli shelling of Tripoli harbor, include Cyprus cargo ship, reported Arafat's remarks with regard to PLO's heavy weapons quoted. PLO troops said turning over weapons to local militia allies, instead of to Lebanese army. [PLO member Asmi Hosni SALAH - comments.] PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) member (named) said waiting with family to leave.

(Studio) United States statement to Israel to stop impeding evacuation of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reported Mideast envoy Don. Rumsfeld's trip to Baghdad, Iraq, noted, with reasons said unclear. Effect trip will have on Iran, and United States view with regard to Iran's responsibility for terrorism in Mideast, cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dale, Al;
Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter

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