Israel placed responsibility for the attack, in which eight schoolchildren, two teachers and a civilian bus driver were killed, and 21 other persons injured, squarely on the shoulders of Lebanon.
Israel placed responsibility for the attack, in which eight schoolchildren, two teachers and a civilian bus driver were killed, and 21 other persons injured, squarely on the shoulders of Lebanon. This was because the guerrillas had come across the border from Lebanon.
The attack took place near the Lebanese frontier, outside Kibbutz Param is Upper Galilee. Israeli premier Mrs. Golda Meir vowed that the Arab guerrillas and Lebanon would not go unpunished.
Since the schoolbus attack Israel has launched three raids on Lebanon, in the southern Lebanon border area. Up to 30,000 Lebanese refugees have fled the area and converged on Beirut fearing an all-out Israeli reprisal attack. The plight of the refugees has caused political repercussions in the capital, with strikes and threatened strikes by Lebanese workers to voice their demands that something be done about the plight of the refugees and about strengthening defences in the souther Lebanon border area. The Lebanese premier Rashid Karami announced Tuesday that his government was considering calling in Moroccan and Tunisian troops to help defend the border. The announcement came at end of a one-day general strike by Arab workers, who threatened to call further stoppages unless the government took positive defensive steps.