On August 11, 540 Bersaglieri volunteers were poised to leave Italy for Lebanon to become part of a multi-national force to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) evacuation of Beirut.
ITALY: RAI - 11 AUGUST. (MUTE)
1. SV PULL BACK TO GV/SV Italian troops in APCs (2 shots) 0.18
2. GV/SV PAN Italian soldiers loading barbed wire and checking off equipment on to APCs (2 shots) 0.37
3. SV PAN Italian officers speaking to reporters as Italian soldiers clamber aboard APC 0.44
JORDAN: TDF - 9 AUGUST. (SPEECH)
4. CU King Hussein of Jordan speaking 1.29
TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE FOUR: HUSSEIN: "It's very sad and ironic that the whole issue has centred on the Palestinians leaving Beirut, rather than the Israelis leaving Lebanon, after an aggression that has no parallel as yet in this area, and maybe in the world. And the times in which we live, of an army moving into another country and surrounding and occupying its capital. And the atrocities that have been committed against both Palestinians and Lebanese, the inhuman treatment that has occurred is harrowing, to say the least. So obviously the Israelis must be made to leave all of Lebanon, as soon as possible."
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On August 11, 540 Bersaglieri volunteers were poised to leave Italy for Lebanon to become part of a multi-national force to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) evacuation of Beirut. Italian military sources say armoured units are now waiting for official Israeli approval. Two Italian troop carriers, the Carole and the Il Grado, will take men and equipment to the Lebanese capital. United States Envoy, Philip Habib, has drawn up plans which provide for the phased withdrawal of Palestinian forces and the gradual deployment of a multi-national force made up of Lebanese, French, Italian and American soldiers and officials. Israel's insistence, however, on Palestinian withdrawal before the arrival of the force, is delaying a final agreement. Israel refuses to accept the planned deployment of about 60 United Nations observers to monitor the Palestinian withdrawal. Instead, she insists on being given precise lists of which guerrillas are going where. King Hussein of Jordan is one of several Middle East Heads of State of have offered refuge to Palestinian guerrillas. Speaking to reporters on August 9, he insisted Israel must be made to leave all of Lebanon as soon as possible.