• Short Summary

    As the Commander of the United Nations' Peacekeeping Force in Southern Lebanon, Major General Emmanuel Erskine, of Ghana, began talks on Tuesday (28 March) with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, UN troops were digging themselves into position along the firing line between Palestinian and the Israeli soldiers.

  • Description

    As the Commander of the United Nations' Peacekeeping Force in Southern Lebanon, Major General Emmanuel Erskine, of Ghana, began talks on Tuesday (28 March) with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, UN troops were digging themselves into position along the firing line between Palestinian and the Israeli soldiers. A UN platoon took control of a second bridge across the Litani River.

    SYNOPSIS: The Swedish United Nations soldiers took five days to reach the Khadala Bridge, with Israeli troops on one side, and Palestinian forces holding the old Crusader fort, Beaufort Castle, on the other.

    Israeli troops and Israeli settlements have been regularly shelled from the fort, which is about 800 years old. Reports said UN Convoy was not fired on as it moved into position. The Swedes had orders to return fire if they were attacked. Their task was to get dug in, and to try to prevent any armed groups moving through the area. A UN officer later described their advance as a significant move in establishing a peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. Meanwhile, informed sources in Beirut said Lebanon would declare general mobilisation soon to help UN troops separate the invading Israeli forces and Palestinian guerrillas.

    A group of Lebanese Christian soldiers watched the UN forces moving in what still is a token force. How long they can stay will depend on how willing the combatants are to maintain the cease fire.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEAFPWDQHOL9K1H2AAPTO0MADY
    Media URN:
    VLVAEAFPWDQHOL9K1H2AAPTO0MADY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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