INTRODUCTION: The Soviet News Agency Tass has accused U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig of hypocrisy in expressing concern over Lebanon, saying his comments were intended to mask interference in lebanese affairs.
GV Armoured vehicles moving through terrain
SV Palestinians loading gun with shells (2 shots)
GV Boy carrying ammunition
GV Armoured vehicle firing at Israeli jet (3 shots)
GV Soldiers carrying ammunition to vehicle
GV UN armoured vehicles along border
GV Flags PULL BACK TO soldier digging at border post
GV Plane flying overhead (2 shots)
GV UN vehicles arriving at post (3 shots)
SV Israeli machine-gun post (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Soviet News Agency Tass has accused U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig of hypocrisy in expressing concern over Lebanon, saying his comments were intended to mask interference in lebanese affairs. Tass' statement issued on Thursday (30 April) was referring to an appeal made by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday (29 April) to the Soviet Union, to use its influence, as Syria's ally, to defuse the tense situation in Lebanon. The U.S. statement followed increased fighting in Lebanon and the deployment of advanced Soviet surface-to-air missiles in southern Lebanon by Syria.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli aircraft continued to bomb Palestinian positions in the south of Lebanon on Wednesday (29 April) dodging the anti-aircraft fire. The attacks followed a long-established pattern of strikes against guerrilla bases, but there was no repetition of Tuesday's (28 April) incident when Israel shot down two Syrian helicopters over east Lebanon.
Syria responded to the Israeli attack by deploying advanced Soviet surface-to-air missiles in the Beka'a valley, thus breaking an unwritten agreement with Israel that excludes such advanced weaponry from the area. High flying Israeli planes twice flew over the valley but did not try to attack the freshly dug missile positions.
The Israelis' main target was Palestinian bases near the medieval Beaufort Castle, used to fire Katyusha rockets into northern Israel and the area in Southern Lebanon controlled by the Christian militias led by Major Saad Haddad. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin promised last week (23 april) that his forces would not clash with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), but in such a small area the UNIFIL forces find themselves uncomfortably close to the fighting with little they can do to prevent it.
As the raids continued Syrian and Lebanese leaders met for a second day of talks on Thursday (30 April) to discuss ways of bringing peace to Lebanon. Before returning to Syria, Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam said he would draw up a working paper for discussion with the Lebanese President and seek to change the abnormal relations between certain Lebanese factions and the Palestinian commandoes.