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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 43-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, July 10, 1976 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

Death toll at
1,500 in Leb.;
battles rage

Airport security persons check a member of the Taiwanese Olympic
team at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport yesterday just before the team
boarded a plane for Boston. Due to political haggling, the team may not
be alloved to compete in the Olympics in Montreal this year.
Canada admits 6 from
Taiwan Olympic group
By RICH LERNER the Republic of China Olympic Com-
special To The Dailymittee, men's coach C. K. Yang, wo-
men's coach Chi Cheng and two
ROMULUS--The Canadian govern- Americans travelling with the group
ment allowed six members of the were permitted to go to Montreal,
Taiwan Olympic delegation to enter site of the Games.
the country yesterday in an attempt The remaining athletes, coaches,
to settle the controversy that threat- and officials flew to Boston to await
ens the Games. a settlement.
Thirty-two members of the Taiwan The Canadian government has re-
group spent Thursday night stranded fused to allow the Taiwan group into
at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after the country unless it agrees to par-
the Canadian government refused to ticipate in the Games without the
recognize t h e i r Olympic identity designation "Republic of China."
cards. THE INTERNATIONAL Olympic
LAWRENCE TING, chief of the Committee (IOC) has threatened to
delegation, C.M. Shen, President of See 6, Page 12

BEIRUT, Lebanon () - Ten thousand
Christian fighters besieged the coastal
town of Enfe yesterday to clear a nor-
thern province of Palestinian guerrillas
and Moslem leftists, Christian sources
reported.
An estimated 1,500 persons have been
killed in five days of combat in the for-
mer leftist held province of Koura
where, -a Christian radio said, Enfe is
the last community holding out against
the Christians. The same report was
made by independent witnesses.
SOURCES IN Sidon, 20 miles south
of Beirut, said Syrian guns again shelled
the American-owned oil refinery, Medre-
co, causing a new fire last night. The
extent of the damage was not known.
Battles raged on several other fronts
around the 110-square mile Christian en-
clave which continued to organize itself
as a separate state, surrounded by Mos-
lem Lebanon. Both sides traded claims
of atrocities.
"Our potential and strength can now
be turned to liberating the rest of Leba-
non from Palestinian invaders and left-
ists," the Christian radio said.
THE SIEGE OF Enfe was being push-
ed by fighters of the Phalange party,
the Tigers militia of the National Liberal
party of former President Camille Cha-
moun and the Giant's Brigade led by
Tony Franjieh, son of Christian Presi-
dent Suleiman Franjieh.
They are reinforced by Christian
mountain warriors who poured into the
fight after Palestinians attacked south-
ward into the enclave five days ago to
retaliate for the Christian siege of Tal
Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp in
East Beirut.

Among atrocity reports was one by a
Western newsman who, after a visit to
Chekka in the battle area, said that 12
badly mutilated bodies of Christians
were buried there yesterday, killed ac-
cording to local residents, by Palestin-
ians.
GEORGE SAADE, a Christian mem-
ber of parliament from the area, told
newsmen that 81 persons had been mas-
sacred in various villages by the Pales-
tinian and leftist invaders, and 50 per-
sons were still missing. Palestinians
claimed counterattacking Christians gun-
ned down 57 families of known leftists
living in the area in the courtyard of the
tnov nall in Amioun, capital of Koura
Province.
In Beirut, Palestinians and leftists
lattnched an attack on the Christian po-
sitions near the port and downtown bank-
ing district where a devastated front
line starts dividing the capital in half.
Bit secttrity sources said the attack
was repulsed.
The hattle contin'ed for Tal Ztatar,
where diehord tnerrilla and leftist de-
fenders have held nt a-oainst relentless
Christi-on -'ss-odt and shelling from all
sid-s for 17 days.
co,. 5NTr'nNr R-rkat, a Christian
o rti,.r fron' the tisintegrated Lebanese
armv, told a Western newsman that Tal
ZNactr defenders now have one high
biilding left in the decreasing camp area
tr'der their control.
He said once his men have dislodged
the guerrillas from this building, the
Matta factory, the camp could be over-
run in 24 hours.

ord cals Reagan 'qualified'

By AP and UPI
President Ford, who once said he thought
Ronald Reagan's statements indicate he might
take rash military action if he were the com-
mander in chief, declared it a "fair conclusion"
yesterday that his Republican challenger is
qualified to be president.
But Ford said he still expects to be the winner
at the Republican National Convention.
FORD ALSO HELD open the possibility that
if he wins the Republican presidential nomina-
tion he might let delegates at next month's GOP
Nation-al Convention choose his running mate.
The President said anew that Reagan was not
excluded from his own list of potential vice-
presidential candidates.
Sitting on the edge of his desk in the Oval

Office, Ford spoke to two dozen reporters for
about half an hour. His news conference was a
surprise. The reporters were expecting a regu-
lar briefing from Press Secretary Ron Nessen.
WHEN ONE REPORTER asked if Ford con-
sidered Reagan qualified to be president, Ford
noted that he had not excluded the former Cali-
fornia governor from his list of potential vice
presidential candidates.
The reporter asked if that meant Reagan was
qualified to be president.
"That's a fair conclusion," Ford replied. He
paused with dramatic effect and added, "If he
is nominated."
FORD'S STATEMENTS appeared to mark a
change in his previous position.
See FORD, Page 10 .

Ford

Reagan

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