• Short Summary

    Lebanese army mutineers have seized tow more garrisons in the south of the country -- one at Rashaya and one at Khiam, only five kilometres (three miles) from the Israeli border.

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    Lebanese army mutineers have seized tow more garrisons in the south of the country -- one at Rashaya and one at Khiam, only five kilometres (three miles) from the Israeli border.

    The mutineers are following the example of Lieutenant Ahmed Al-Khatib who rebelled with supporters in January and set up what he calls the Lebanese Arab Army.

    The mutinies have deepened Lebanon's military and political crisis and Prime Minister Rashid Karami said on Thursday (11 March) he intended to resign in despair.

    And on Friday (12 March) the Beirut District Commander, General Abdel-Aziz Al-Ahdab declared a state of emergency and called on the Lebanese Government to resign within 24 hours. He proclaimed himself "temporary military governor" and demanded that president Suleiman Franjieh should step down so that parliament could elect a new head of state within a week.

    But President Franjieh, broadcasting on a rival channel, told the nation he would reject all illegitimate methods of government.

    The Lebanese army rebels scorned the High Command's offer of an amnesty and continue to seize yet more barracks. The military commander for North Lebanon, Colonel Abdel Maid Shehab, was shot dead by unidentified assailants on his way to the northern city of Tripoli, scene of one of the latest rebellions.

    Meanwhile in Rashaya and Khiam, the mutineers continue to hold their ground and wait for further orders.

    The commander of Rashaya - on the slopes of Mount Herman - Major Ibrahim Chahine said the army of rebels was formed to create opposition to the government in order to find a progressive solution to the civil war.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB54PSCF770ZBSNE38LO5GUCRA
    Media URN:
    VLVAB54PSCF770ZBSNE38LO5GUCRA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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