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Mideast / Lebanon Crisis #82231

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 20, 1983
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(Studio) Departure from Lebanon of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat and other Palestinians noted after being forced out by other Palestinians and Syrians. Effect on Arafat's leadership cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tripoli, Lebanon) Details given with regard to evacuation of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) troops from Tripoli, Lebanon, aboard transport ships escorted by French ship. Arafat's feelings about Syria's role in conflict between factions of Palestinians stated. [ARAFAT - comments.] Earlier evacuation from Beirut noted.

(Studio) Palestinians said headed for Tunisia, Iraq and North Yemen. Situation between Palestinians and Israelis described as much the same, with many Palestinians remaining in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Near Tripoli, Lebanon) Details given with regard to position of anti-Arafat Palestinian leaders Abu Khaled, Abu Musa and Abu Saleh, who are in Damascus, Syria. Protection given to refugee camps like Beddawi by followers of these men noted; their plans to withdraw big arms into Bekka Valley with Syrian allies cited. Outlook for Palestinians in Lebanon stated.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Conditions for Arafat's PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) members contrasted between departure from Beirut, after fighting Israelis, and from Tripoli. Lebanese factions noted remaining in both Beirut and Tripoli. Italy's plans to cut back on Beirut peacekeeping forces noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dale, Al;
Jennings, Peter;
Walker, Hal

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