Ten Canadian Army officers, attached to Army Headquarters, Ottawa, are seen being briefed prior to their departure for the Lebanon, as members of the United Nations military observation teams.
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Background: Ten Canadian Army officers, attached to Army Headquarters, Ottawa, are seen being briefed prior to their departure for the Lebanon, as members of the United Nations military observation teams.
The group to which these Canadians will be attached contains one hundred man of various nationalities. They are going out to the Middle East to assist the Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjoeld, in his investigations concerning the Lebanese Government's charges that rebels are being aided with arms and infiltrators from Syria, in their fight against the pro-West Chamoun Government.
Dag Hammarskjoeld arrived in Beirut on June 18th. and, first of all, conferred with Gen. Bull, head of the UN military observation groups in the Lebanon, and later with President Chamoun.
The situation in that war-torn country does not improve, although fighting has died down a little this last week. On Sunday rebels destroyed the house of Premier Sami Sohl and Government troops retaliated by bombarding Saab Salem's house in the barricaded Moslem quarter of Beirut. Salem is the leader of the rebels and the parliamentary opposition. His aims are to release the Lebanon from the great commitments that the Chamoun and Sohl Government have made with the Western Powers. In spite of some evidence, Salem denies that he wishes for the country to join an alliance with the United Arab Republic run by President Nasser.