The Lebanese government says the Arab Deterrent Force (ADF) will remain in the country for at least another three months.
The Lebanese government says the Arab Deterrent Force (ADF) will remain in the country for at least another three months. At its meeting in Baghdad the Arab League extended the mandate for the thirty thousand strong, mainly Syrian peace keeping force, which was due to expire at the end of April. However the Lebanese government is not entirely happy with the decision. They wanted the mandate extended for six months and there have been reports that Arab League states will withdraw financial support for the ADF.
SYNOPSIS: The Rashiyideh cemetery near the town of Tyre in southern Lebanon is a silent memorial to the fighting that continues between Palestinian nationalists and Christian militiamen and Israeli forces. According to Reuters the Palestinian news agency, WAFA blamed militiamen and Israeli gunners for the shelling which destroyed much of the town of Rashiyideh on Saturday (31 March). WAFA reported that the town which had suffered a similar bombardment on Wednesday (28 March) was subjected to two hours of intensive shelling.
Meanwhile the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has been touring villages in the Tyre area of southern Lebanon with nine of the Palestinians who were recently released from Israeli jails. The nine were among the seventy-six Palestinian guerrillas exchanged by Israel for one of their own soldiers.
The exchange took place at Geneva airport under the supervision of the Red Cross.
Since their release the PFLP ex-prisoners have claimed they were tortured in Israeli jails with electrical equipment and cigarettes and bashed with iron bars. For many of the Palestinians it was a homecoming to relatives and friends and they celebrated in traditional style.