World reaction to the Middle East ceasefire has been to welcome the initiative and hope that it may lead to a lasting peace.
World reaction to the Middle East ceasefire has been to welcome the initiative and hope that it may lead to a lasting peace. But not everyone is in favour of the ceasefire, the forthcoming talks or even of peace. Groups of guerrillas in several Arab states are still determined to continue the fight against Israel--even if it means action directly opposed to the official attitude of their countries. The SAIQA guerrilla movement in the Lebanon is one such group.
Over the past year, commando attacks by Lebanon-based guerrillas on Upper Galilee have steadily in crease in scale. So too has Israeli retaliation against the guerrilla bases in South Lebanon.
Political observers believe that however anxious the Lebanese may be to see peace restored in the Middle East, it seems doubtful that they will want to precipitate another crisis with the guerrillas by suppressing their operations when the country is in the throes of a Presidential election.
The Sabera Quarter--where a poor Lebanese Muslim district and a Palestinian refugee camp lie side by side--is one of the strongholds of the guerrilla movement in the Lebanon.
The pro-Syrian Arab socialist guerrilla group (SAIQA) gains support from the Palestinian refugees. A SAIQA guerrilla leader was asked what their attitude would be during the ceasefire: