A Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader said on Sunday (14 May) that its commando movement would resist any attempts to prevent it from fighting Israeli occupation forces in South Lebanon.
A Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader said on Sunday (14 May) that its commando movement would resist any attempts to prevent it from fighting Israeli occupation forces in South Lebanon. He was speaking at a rally held in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: The information head of the PLO, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said the Palestinians did not want United Nations forces in the area.
The rally was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the British mandate in Palestine, which gave way to the newly-created state of Israel. At the rally was Mr. Michel Ghorayeb, the President of Lebanon's Democratic Christian Organisation.
Meanwhile, some 350 Nigerian troops of the United nations Interim Force have taken up positions in the Shehbiyeh area in the south.
As the rally was taking place, the troops, who had arrived the previous day, were reinforcing their posts with mortars. Since their pull-back began on April the eleventh, the Israelis have withdrawn from about two-thirds of the territory occupied during the invasion last March.
Mr. Rabbo said a United Nations force had no place wherever the Palestinian revolution had rights and positions. He added, in these words: "The rifles of the revolution, which have confronted more than one opponent, are ready to face anyone who transgresses against the positions and rights of the Palestinian revolution". Mr. Rabbo said the United States' formula for ending the Middle East crisis should be excluded.