ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 04, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Beirut, Lebanon) Inability to confirm Islamic Jihad's claim that kidnap victim William Buckley was executed in retaliation for Israel's air raid on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) base in Tunisia examined; details given, scenes, photos shown. Background to his kidnapping reviewed; USSR dependents noted evacuated today to Syria following recent murder of Soviet diplomacy by his kidnappers. Abductors of Soviet dipls. recalled demanding USSR pressure Syria into halting offensive against Moslem fundamentalists in Tripoli.
REPORTER: Charles Glass
(DC) [President REAGAN - will withhold comment until Buckley's death can be confirmed.] [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - notes administration is operating an assumption all hostages are alive.] No. other Americans held captive in Lebanon recalled; photos shown. [KALB - won't comment on possibility Israeli raid in Tunisia and President Reagan's initial support have affected hostages' security] [Hostage David Jacobsen's son Eric JACOBSEN - is disappointed at United States stand on Israeli raid; feels hostages are running out of time.] United States and USSR said sharing information on Lebanon kidnappings; probability issue will be on agenda at Reagan-Gorbachev summit next month noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy