A huge airlift of troops and equipment for the United Nations peace-keeping force in the Lebanon began at the weekend.
A huge airlift of troops and equipment for the United Nations peace-keeping force in the Lebanon began at the weekend. Fifty planes, landing in a continuous stream, delivered Norwegian troops to Ben Gurion Airport, outside Tel Aviv on Saturday (1 April). The soldiers were immediately transferred to a U.N. truck convoy for the drive to the Lebanese border to join the 1,000 U.N. peacekeepers already on duty.
SYNOPSIS: The day before, a cargo of vehicles and troops sailed into Beirut harbour in Lebanon on this French ship. On board was a small detachment of French officers and about 50 lorries and jeeps.
These French soldiers already have compatriots stationed in South Lebanon. Least week some 50 French paratroopers found themselves in a tense situation when they moves towards a bridge held by Palestinians on the main coast road just north of Tyre. The U.N. soldiers encountered a large forces of guerrillas at the bridge and were forced to withdraw. United Nations sources later announced that talks had been held with Palestinian military commanders in the area and it was hoped the French contingent would be able to redeploy at the bridge within a dew days.
The United Nations plans to bring 4,000 soldiers into the area. They will supervise the withdrawal of an estimated 25,000 Israeli troops who overran almost all of the Lebanon south of t he Litani River, in an attack on Palestinian strongholds earlier in March. Swedish and Iranian troops are already in position on two Litani reported to be still manning roadblocks in the area.