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General Shlomo Gazit gave a briefing on the situation in Beirut. Statement - Population of quarter million Christians has been attacked by massive Syrian forces of men and armour, shells weighing 400 lbs. in a cruel and systematic destruction of houses and people. There are no facilities to hospitalize or evacuate victims. More than 400 dead and more wounded. Purpose of war to destroy Christian military capability, destroy Christian resistance and dictate pax Damascus on Lebanon. Israel sends planes over the area as a routine practice and today wanted to know what the situation is. Our presence raised Christian moral. The situation has repercussions on South Lebanon which concerns Israel. Our feeling is that this was a premeditated attack to change the basic situation in Lebanon and crush the only party which opposes Syrian imposition of ruling over Lebanon.
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