• Short Summary

    IN ??? BEIRUT AND OTHER CITIES HAVE BEEN PUT UNDER ??? AND THE BORDER WITH?

  • Description

    IN ??? BEIRUT AND OTHER CITIES HAVE BEEN PUT UNDER ??? AND THE BORDER WITH SYRIA CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE COMMANDO CRISIS. THE CRISIS WAS SPARKED OFF LAST WEEK BY CLASHES BETWEEN THE ARMY AND THE PALESTINE COMMANDOS.

    THE LEBANESE ARMY MOVED AGAINST BASES IN THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY USED BY THE PALESTINE COMMANDOS IN THEIR ACTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL.

    THERE WERE CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES WITH SOME REPORTS PUTTING THE COMMANDO DEATHS AT 40 AND FIVE LEBANESE SOLDIERS KILLED.

    LEBANON CAME UNDER HEAVY PRESSURE FROM LEFT-WING ARAB STATES BECAUSE OF THE ARMY MOVE...AND THERE WAS MOUNTING PRO-COMMANDO SENTIMENT WITHIN LEBANON ITSELF.

    THE CARETAKER PRIME MINISTER OF LEBANON, MR RASHID KARAMI, RESIGNED BECAUSE OF THE CLASHES BETWEEN THE ARMY AND COMMANDOS.

    THEN, ON THURSDAY MORNING THE COMMANDOS HIT BACK WITH THREE RAIDS ALONG THE CLOSED BORDER WITH SYRIA.

    THEY CAPTURED SOME 20 LEBANESE POLICE AND CUSTOMS MEN IN THE RAIDS. LATE THOSE CAPTURED WERE HANDED BACK TO LEBANESE OFFICIALS AND THE FATAH GUERILLA MOVEMENT, WHICH CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE RAIDS, ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING THE RAIDS WERE INTENDED TO PROVE TO LEBANESE AUTHORITIES THAT THE COMMANDOS WERE ABLE TO HIT BACK AGAINST FORCE.

    IN ONE OF THE RAIDS ABOUT 50 COMMANDOS ATTACKED THE MASNAA POST ON THE BORDER WITH SYRIA WHILE OTHER COMMANDOS PUMPED IN ROCKET FIRE FROM THE SURROUNDING HILLS. THE LEBANESE ARMY SAID THAT THE ATTACK WAS BEATEN OFF WITH ONLY ONE GENDARME WOUNDED.

    MAGNAA, ON THE MAIN ROAD TO DAMASCUS IS ONE OF THE BORDER POINTS THAT SYRIA HAS CLOSED IN PROTEST AGAINST THE LEBANESE ACTION AGAINST THE COMMANDOS. SYRIA HAS TURNED BACK HUNDREDS OF TRUCKS LOADED WITH MEAT AND VEGETABLES FOR LEBANON.

    MEANWHILE, IN LEBANON ITSELF THERE HAS BEEN GROWING SENTIMENT IN FAVOUR OF THE COMMANDOS, CULMINATING IN DEMONSTRATIONS IN BEIRUT AND TRIPOLI.

    SOME 2,000 DEMONSTRATORS HAVE BEEN DISPERSED IN BEIRUT WHILE IN TRIPOLI A CROWD OF 500 HAS DEMONSTRATED. AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE DIED IN TRIPOLI WHEN SECURITY FORCES OPENED FIRE.

    LEBANESE AUTHORITIES IMPOSE INDEFINITE CURFEWS FROM FRIDAY (OCT 24) BEIRUT AND OTHER CITIES TO PREVENT FURTHER DEMONSTRATIONS.

    MEANWHILE PRESIDENT HELOU OF LEBANON HAS HAD A MEETING WITH MOSLEM LEADERS AIMED AT SETTLING THE CRISIS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAABKVPUDBB5XVIXTPMRF3G6IS
    Media URN:
    VLVAABKVPUDBB5XVIXTPMRF3G6IS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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