The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn its battalion from the Arab peace-keeping force in Lebanon.?
The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn its battalion from the Arab peace-keeping force in Lebanon. As the U.A.E. contingent, was pulling out, a new round of fighting between the Palestinian guerrillas and Israelis break out in southern Lebanon. For four days, the Israelis bombarded Palestinian-held areas with air, sea and land artillery attacks, claiming at least one hundred and fifty casualties.
SYNOPSIS: The U.A.E. camp at Beakka Valley was away from the battle area.
The six-hundred-man force in on its way home -- they have finished their tour in Lebanon. Just a month before them, twelve hundred Saudi Arabian troops were standing like this, by the roadside, waiting for their transportation home. The withdrawal of the U.A.E. and Saudi troops, leaves only Syria participating in the Arab league Deterrent Force.
As these soldiers played volleyball, Syrian MIGs were flying over Beirut and other areas in Lebanon in a show of force and support for Syrian troops. Syrian forces have stayed clear of the Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Its is believed Syria does not want to be dragged into war with israel in Lebanon, and may restrain the Palestinians. Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese and Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leaders have been meeting in Damascus and Beirut to discuss the situation in the south. Meanwhile, the proclamation of an independent "Free Lebanon" by the Christian militiamen in the south has raised fears that southern forces may try to link up with Christians in the north to expand their state.