• Short Summary

    Israel says the naval raids against three Lebanese ports on Monday (8 July) were intended to confound guerrilla attempts at landings in Israel and serve as a warning to Lebanese fishermen not to allow themselves to be used by guerrillas.

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    Israel says the naval raids against three Lebanese ports on Monday (8 July) were intended to confound guerrilla attempts at landings in Israel and serve as a warning to Lebanese fishermen not to allow themselves to be used by guerrillas.

    About ten boats were sunk in each of three southern Lebanese ports on Sunday night. The ports hit were Tyre, Sidon and Ras A-Sakh.

    The israeli Information Minister, Sharon Yariv, claimed the boats sunk in the attacks were used by guerrillas or owned by fishermen and others who helped them.

    In Beirut, Lebanese Premier Takieddin Al-Solh said israel had always claimed it was justified in launching "barbaric attacks" against Lebanon. But, he said, it would never be able to find any justification for the latest raids.

    The Lebanese Prime Minister said: "I appeal for the conscience of the world to condemn this aggressive action and those who carried it out."
    He said Lebanon has not yet decided whether to complain to the United Nations' Security Council.

    Middle East observers believe the attacks could have been a delayed reprisal by Israel for the commando attack at the resort of Nahariyah on the night of 24 June when four Israelis were killed.

    Meanwhile, an Israeli village was attacked by Soviet-made rockets from the Lebanese border today. The latest attack is though to be in retaliation by palestinian guerrillas for Israel's naval raids.

    Israeli gunners traded fire from the Galilee village of Kerem Ben Zimra. But there were no reports of casualties from either side.

    SYNOPSIS: As Lebanon began to count the cost of Monday's raid by israeli commandos on three ports, Israeli and Arab gunners on Tuesday traded artillery fire across the Lebanese border. About thirty boats were sunk during the Israeli raids on the southern Lebanese ports of Tyre, Sidon, and Ras A-Sakh. The attacks were carried out by amphibious commandos.

    According to Israel, the boats were sunk to confound guerrilla attempts at landings in Israel and to serve as a warning to Lebanese fishermen not allow themselves to be used by guerrillas.

    But, as Lebanon assessed the damage, its Premier, Takieddin Al-Solh, responded that Israel would never be able to find any justification for the raids. He appealed for the world to condemn the action, but ended Lebanon had not yet decided whether to complain to the United Nations' Security Council.

    Meanwhile, with Israeli water containers still littering the shores, Israeli and Lebanese gunners today exchanged fire over the Galilee village of Kerem Ben Zimra. It is though to be retaliatory action for the Israeli raids.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA50BEHJR99NDE117851VGH49NU
    Media URN:
    VLVA50BEHJR99NDE117851VGH49NU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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