In Lebanon, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has accused Israel of using cluster bombs in the its bombardment of Southern Lebanon.
SOUTHERN LEBANON (AUGUST 29, 1979) (REUTERS)
CU AND ZOOM IN INTERIOR: U.S.made shells on table
SCU PLO spokesman Mahmoud Labbadi holding up cluster bomb.
SV AND CU: Mr/ Labbadi showing main shell of cluster bomb. (2 shots)
TRACKING SHOT: of wrecked tanks and buildings in Marijoun in Southern Lebanon.
SV: Woman walking past un checkpoint
SCU: Spokesman for Colonel Haddad, Francis Rizak, speaking in English
SV: UN troops stopping cars at checkpoint. (2 shots)
CU: Women holding out pass ZOOM OUT TO soldiers searching car. (3 shots)
LEBBADI: "American public opinion should know that those weapons are used against the Palestinians and the Lebanese civilians. Those weapons are forbidden weapons internationally."
REPORTER: "Where were these fired?"
LEBBADI: "Recently on the Palestinian and Lebanese villages."
REPORTER: "Whose are the weapons?"
LABBADI: "American licence. So this is the truth: cluster bombs were used, and we have the proof of that."
RIZAK: "We believe Israel can't forget its duty in this moment and as you see we have the same situation and we have the same problem and we have the same enemy and the same destiny. We believe and we are sure that Israel is still helping us and why not? The terrorists employ American guns. The terrorists employ the American 116 mortar."
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Background: In Lebanon, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has accused Israel of using cluster bombs in the its bombardment of Southern Lebanon. But the Commander of the United Nations forces in Lebanon, Major-General Alexander Erskine, said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday (28 August) that there was no evidence of this. A Palestinian Commando spokesman,Mr Mahmoud Labbidi, displayed 175 and 203 millimetre shells and cluster bombs to newsmen on Wednesday (29 August) as evidence of the Palestinian claims.
Meanwhile, Christian villages in Southern Lebanon have suffered widespread damage in recent heavy palestinian bombardments. Major Saad Haddad's Christian militia continues to rely on israeli support. His spokesman Francis Rizak met with newsmen.
As tension mounted United Nations troops in Southern Lebanon threatened to withdraw if the situation deteriorates further. Following an ambush last Friday (24 August) in which three U.N. Soldiers were killed and two wounded, General Erskine described the attack as sheer could-blooded murder and said the participating countries might have to consider withdrawing their troops.
But plans for a new Ghanaian force of three hundred men to arrive in early September are expected to go ahead as planned despite the shellings.