Just four weeks after their invasion of Southern Lebanon, Israeli troops will begin to withdraw on Tuesday (11 April).
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SPOKESMAN: "The Cabinet was briefed by the Defence Minister and the Chief-of-Staff about the situation in southern Lebanon, including the plans of pullback of the Israeli defence forces, as had been presented to the representatives of the United Nations in order to achieve arrangements, and the implementation of the pullback of the Israeli forces from Lebanon."
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Background: Just four weeks after their invasion of Southern Lebanon, Israeli troops will begin to withdraw on Tuesday (11 April). The withdrawal will continue until Friday (14 April), but will then stop until further phases are agreed with the United Nations.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Cabinet met at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on Sunday (9 April), to discuss the first phase of the withdrawal. The first zone the Israelis will leave will be the Harmon foothills to the east. But the occupying force will stay in the Christian villages of Majayoun and Kleah, as well as such former Palestinian strongholds as El Khiam, which overlook them. The pullback will be limited to a maximum of seven kilometres (4.5 miles). This is a long way short of the total withdrawal demanded by a United Nations Security Council resolution on March 19.
As he left, Prime Minister Menachem Begin would make no comment. From the start, Israel has had doubts about the ability of United Nations troops to suppress Palestinian activity in southern Lebanon. A spokesman formally announced the withdrawal.