The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has warned it may come into combat with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has warned it may come into combat with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The possibility was voiced by the deputy leader of the PLO, Mr. Abu Iyad, at a rally in Sibline, near Sidon in Lebanon on Tuesday (16 May).
SYNOPSIS: An estimated 700 Palestinians gathered to hear Mr. Iyad call for Arab unity and speak of the thirty years of Palestinian struggle since the birth of Israel.
Mr. Iyad stressed the non-sectarian nature of the PLO and denied suggestions that the organisation was responsible for the Lebanese Civil War. But he warned that if UNIFIL became an armed obstacle to the Palestinian revolution, the Palestinians would not hesitate to respond with force. He also said the PLO was ready to act against Arab regimes which humiliated or illtreated it. Observers took this to refer to Egypt.
The day before the rally, West Bank Arabs held a passive protest against the Israeli state. In the town of Nablus, traders closed their shops to demonstrate their opposition to Israel. In the past, May 15 has been marked by violent Arab protests, including bombings, sabotage and riots. But this year's anniversary passed without incident, save inconvenience to shoppers.