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Wednesday, June 30, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Libya threatens to intervene in Leb

BEIRUT, Lebanon () - Left-
wing Libya threatened yester-
day to intervene in Lebanon as
rightist Christian militias punch-
ed through the defense lines of
a Palestinian refugee camp in
the biggest battle of the Leb-
anese civil war.
A communique from the Chris-
tian asault units reported they
had stormed the Jisr el-Basha
refugee camp after eight days
of bitter fighting. It said they
seized the camp's civil admin-
istrative headquarters and were
closing in on the adjacent Tal
Zaatar camp.
SALAH KHALAF, head of the
joint central command of the
command of the Palestinian
guerrillas and their Lebanese
leftist Moslem allies, acknowl-
edged the Christians took "a
small part" of Jisr el-Basha.
"But I declare before the Arab
and world press that they will
carry full responsibility for en-
tering the gates of Tal Zaatar
and Jisr el-Basha," Khalaf told
a news conference.
Khalaf charged that in an-
other action, Syrian troops and
tanks had mounted an offensive
against Palestinian forces near
ski resorta bordering the Chris-
tian heartland 30 miles north-
east of Beirut.
"SYRIANS ARE actually kill-
ing and taking prisoners from
our forces," Khalaf said. "They
are acting in concert with right-
wing attacks on the two refugee
camps."
Kamal Jumblatt, overall lead-
er of the Moslem leftist coali-
tion, declared the Christian at-
tacks on the two refugee camps
were carrying the war to a
point of no return.
"If Tal Zaatar falls, we shall
never accept a cease-fire or
nat 'aittons tJumbatt said,
"but shall carry on the war to
its end no matter how long it
takes"
THE THREAT of Libyan in-
ervention on the side of the
MoIe eft1 ist and IPalestinia
fsnerrillas came from Libyan
Prime Mnister Abdel Salem
tallood, who has been in Beirut
ta g to mediate a truce.
Unofficial and incomplete re-
nts from medical teams indi-
cated at lest 270 persons were
kited and 450 were wounded
svernight in the Beirut and re-
sort battles. This would be
among the highest- casualty
csnts for one period in the
15-month-old war that has claim-
ed at least 29,000 lives.
Syria sent thousands of sol-
diers into Lebanon in early June
to tre to enforce a cease-fire.
They clashed repeatedly with
Palestinian guerrilla forces,
bringing charges from the Pel-
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estinians and some Arab states
that the Syrians were trying to
gain military and political con-
trol over the Palestinians.
MOSLEM-CONTROLLED Bei-
rut radio quoted Jallour as tell-
ing a news conference Libya
would fight alongside the Pales-
tinian and Lebanese nationalists
against anyone contemplating
hurting the Palestinian resist-
ance or trying to partition Leb-
anon.
"Despite Libya's distant geo-
graphic location, we will wage a
suicidal battle to protect the
Palestinian revolution, avert the
partition of Lebanon and foil
attempts to internationalize the
Lebanese conflict."
Regular communications chan-
nels remained severed in Beirut
because of the heavy fighting.
THE TAL ZAATER and Jisr
el-Basha camps form a strategic
leftist enclave in the Christian-
controlled sector of-eastern Bei-

rut.
A Christian radio claimed
4,000 additional Syrian troops
moved into northern Lebanon
on Monday, besieging and shell-
ing the city of Hermel. It added,
"The population is resisting."
WESTERN diplomats estimat-
ed only 500 more Syrians crossed
the border Monday, bringing
their total number in Lebanon
to about 13,000.
The Palestinian guerrillas an-
nounced they had launched a
six-front attack to "overrun and
occupy Rin Rummanneh," a
densely populated Christian area
two miles north of Tal Zaatar.
"We shall storm the whole of
Fin Rummanneh unless rightist
attacks on Jisr el-Basha and Tal
Zaatar stop and their forces pull
back to their original positions,"
the statement said.
JISR el-Basha contains about
6,000 Palestinian refugees, most-
ly Christians. Tal Zaatar has

20,000 predominantly Moslem
Palestinians plus an estimated
30,000 Lebanese driven from
their homes by Israeli reprisal
raids in southern Lebanon.
Observers estimate the Chris-
tian units attacking the camps
include 6,000 soldiers and 130
tanks and armored cars.
An Arab League appeal for an
immediate cease-fire and a
promise to send 1,600 Saudi
Arabian and Sudanese peace-
keeping troops to Beirut did
nothing to ease the fighting.
NOR DID Egypt's call for an
emergency conference of Arab
foreign ministers in Cairo to
take concerted action to prevent
the fall of Tal Zaatar.
Jumblatt rejected an Egyp-
tian proposal for a meeting with
Christian leaders in Saudi Ara-
bia today.
He accused Syria of delaying
withdrawal of its soldiers "to

help the rightists overrun Tal
Zaatar by forcing much of the
guerrilla and leftist forces to
remain pinned in positions op-
posite Syrian troops and armor."
JALLOUD called off his cease-
fire efforts because of the con-
tinued attacks on the refugee
camps and was to leave for
Damascus.
Jalloud had been in Lebanon
for nine days to try to mediate
a cease-fire. He called off a
scheduled meeting with Chris-
tian leaders Monday and said he
would not talk with them until
they stopped their attack on the
two camps.
Christian leaders maintain
Libya is a prime source of
leftist cash and arms. They also
claim. soldiers of a 400-man
Libyan contingent in the van-
guard of a pan-Arab peace force
in Lebanon were fighting for the
leftists.

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