The largest Palestinian guerrilla group, Fatah, has said it will limit infiltration behind established United Nations lines in South Lebanon.
The largest Palestinian guerrilla group, Fatah, has said it will limit infiltration behind established United Nations lines in South Lebanon. According to Reuters, official Palestinian sources said the move was in line with a pledge by the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the PLO, to make easier the United Nations peace keeping force's task of supervising a withdrawal of Israeli invasion forces from the region.
SYNOPSIS: This United Nations camp is one of many that troops from eight countries have set up south of the Litani River. It is occupied by Senegalese soldiers, who are guarding a roadblock outside the town of Maarake, east of Tyre. Though they search all vehicles and civilians who pass through, the Palestinians say they have several score commandos now behind UN lines. They say other guerillas will continue to cross the lines -- but only to relieve commandos who need a break. The Palestinians also say the commandos have no need to carry arms when crossing the lines because they've got hidden caches in the south. This Senegalese Lieutenant, commanding the Maarake detachment, says all is calm, and they are not allowing armed Palestinians to pass. But, despite the presence of the UN peace keeping force, it seems unlikely they will be able to bring real peace in the near future. The Israelis say they will complete their evacuation on June 13 -- and Palestinian sources say the Fatah guerrillas won't attack the Israelis, at least until the withdrawal is complete.