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    Lieutenant Ahmed al-Khatib, leader of the breakaway Lebanese Arab Army, called for a mass march on Thursday (3 June) to protest at Syria's military intervention in Lebanon.

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    Lieutenant Ahmed al-Khatib, leader of the breakaway Lebanese Arab Army, called for a mass march on Thursday (3 June) to protest at Syria's military intervention in Lebanon.

    Speaking at a news conference in Beirut, he said that people should march to the Bekaa Valley - the broad flat plain of eastern Lebanon where Syrian tanks are digging in - and then sit down there until the last Syrian soldier withdraws.

    He drew a distinction between Syria's rulers and its army. He appealed to Syrian soldiers "to turn towards the Golan and preserve the centre of the modern Arab struggle".

    Lieutenant Khatib said that his forces would fight the Syrians until "the last drop of blood is shed".

    Lebanese left-wingers staged a general strike on Thursday, suspicious of Syria's intentions in Lebanon. Syrian MIG fighters screamed over the capital in a show of force and a barrage of anti-aircraft fire went up from Palestinian refuges camps. But the aircraft circled the city four times, swooped low the airport and then flew back eastwards.

    Syria has said that it will not withdraw its forces until a permanent ceasefire comes into force in Lebanon. They also want the president-elect, Elias Sarkis, to take office immediately.

    Syrian forces have been present in Lebanon for some months, in an attempt to mediate in the civil war which has cost 26,000 lives. The most recent and forceful move by Syrian troops came on 1 June when they moved across the border into the Bekaa Valley.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAW9HU80KYO3VDMJKLXFDH3N2I
    Media URN:
    VLVAAW9HU80KYO3VDMJKLXFDH3N2I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    N/A

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