Palestinians fighting in alliance with left-wing Moslems in Lebanon's 17-month-old civil war have warned against what they call 'Arab silence' over alleged Israeli incursions into southern Lebanon.
GV: harbour in Tyre, South Lebanon.
GV: street scene with cars and people.
SVs: man with anti-aircraft gun on back of truck.
SVs: crowd listening to Abu Iyyad (Fatah second-in-command) speaking. (5 shots)
GV: crowds with portrait of dead Fatah members.
SV: Abu leaving building.
SVs: people walking through streets carrying wreaths and portraits of dead Fatah members (3 shots)
GVs: crowd with portraits and wreaths in procession. (2 shots)
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Background: Palestinians fighting in alliance with left-wing Moslems in Lebanon's 17-month-old civil war have warned against what they call 'Arab silence' over alleged Israeli incursions into southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: In a speech in the southern Lebanese town of Tyre on Tuesday (7 September), Palestinian el-Fatah leader Abu Iyyad, a member of the organisation's central committee, warned Arab government generally against what he called 'their position of silence as regards Zionist penetration of South Lebanon'.
Abu Iyyad was speaking at a mass rally to commemorate the deaths, a week earlier, of four Palestinians killed in fighting in the southern Lebanese village of Ain Ebel. He did not elaborate on the alleged incursions, but did announce his opposition to a peace plan being put forward by Syria, involving a security pact between Syria, Jordan, the Lebanon, and the Palestinian forces. It was not based on the ultimate Palestinian aim of liberating Palestine from the Israelis, he told the crowd, and therefore was not acceptable.
Mr. Iyyad said the only solution to the Lebanese conflict was a round-table conference between the warring factions themselves, he added, and this could only follow a withdrawal of all Syria's 13,000 troops from the Lebanon.
Wreaths were laid in Tyre for the Ain Ebel dead, already being proclaimed as martyrs. Elsewhere, fighting raged in Beirut, the capital, across the so-called 'green line' dividing the Christian east of the city from the Moslem west. Outside Lebanon, Lebanese Christian leaders were in Syria talking to President Hafez al-Assad about peace plans -- the very ones condemned by the Palestinians. Syria, considered a year ago by the Palestinians to be their staunch allies, became deeply involved in the Lebanese conflict earlier this year when it sent an invasion force of artillery and infantry which the leftists believe has fought alongside the Christians.