• Short Summary

    The second stage of Israel's limited pull back from territory captured in last month's invasion of south Lebanon got under way at the weekend with the arrival of Gurkha soldiers from Nepal to take over Israeli-held positions.

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    The second stage of Israel's limited pull back from territory captured in last month's invasion of south Lebanon got under way at the weekend with the arrival of Gurkha soldiers from Nepal to take over Israeli-held positions.

    SYNOPSIS: In all, 150 Gurkhas are involved in the United Nations takeover along a front of about 12 kilometres (that's about seven miles) in the central section of the south Lebanese front. There was a hitch in the takeover, however. Fifty Gurkhas taking over the Moslem village of Taibe from the Israelis were late....and Israeli troops were still in position well after the seven a.m. Greenwich Mean Time deadline set by the United Nations for their withdrawal. Elsewhere however, the Gurkhas were on time setting up observation position overlooking the strategic river Litani and a Palestinian stronghold.

    Almost immediately after the arrival of the Nepalese troops the Israeli forces were pulling out of the area. The Gurkhas themselves expect to be up to their full complement of 600 men during the week.

    Meanwhile, French troops of the UNIFIL force, along with Lebanese gendarmes, have been maintaining tight security at checkpoints leading into the area. Around the city of Tyre, thousands of refugees wanting to return home are reported to have been delayed for several hours by the security checks.

    The Israelis themselves still have not pulled out entirely from occupied South Lebanon. They say they will not quit all together until the United Nations forces have shown they can stop Palestinian guerrillas returning to the area which they used to use as a base for attacking Israel. Whether or not the troops of UNIFIL -- the United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon -- can do this successfully is currently a matter for debate. White the UN Commander General Erskine says his men have "very sharp teeth", other officers doubt if the lightly-armed UN men would be a match for the guerrillas.

    And more supplies for the UN troops are continuing to arrive. This supply run was provided by the West German Luftwaffe, as the first of 53 transports expected started to unload equipment and vehicles for UNIFIL.

    They were reported to be landing equipment at Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv, because it was felt that it would be too dangerous to use Beirut's airport.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3GDDRJSHZXX128Y8O3TM6PH4V
    Media URN:
    VLVA3GDDRJSHZXX128Y8O3TM6PH4V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
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    N/A

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