INTRODUCTION: Israeli jets resumed their attacks on Palestinian guerrilla strongholds in southern Lebanon on Friday (10 July) after a five-week calm.
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SV Habib descends from plane and greeted by Khalil Haddad, Chief of Protocol at Presidential Palace
SV Habib and Haddad walking from plane surrounded by guards and newsmen
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SV Habib's car accompanied by escort leaves airport
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli jets resumed their attacks on Palestinian guerrilla strongholds in southern Lebanon on Friday (10 July) after a five-week calm. Hospital sources reported at least three people killed. The 40-minute series of air strikes took place as United States envoy Philip Habib held talks with Lebanese leaders in a third attempt to defuse the Syrian-Israeli missile crisis.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Habib returned to Beirut on Thursday (9 July) to meet Lebanon's President Elias Sarkis and start the peace talks all over again. The U.S. envoy had several rounds of discussions with Arab and Israeli leaders on his previous visits but failed to persuade Syria to withdraw its missile batteries from central Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Syria deployed the SAM-6 missiles after Israeli planes shot down two Syrian helicopters in the area. The Syrian government insists they are necessary to protect its 30,000-strong peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
Israel is still threatening destroy the batteries, sited at about 10 locations in the Bekaa Valley, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has described the situation as very grave. Syria claims to have shot down eight pilotless Israeli reconnaissance planes over Lebanon since May.
The Israeli attack, which took place on the second day of Mr. Habib's visit, killed at least three people and wounded 15 others in the southern Lebanese port of Sidon. The raids were reported to have started big fires and destroyed a newly-built bridge. It was the first time Israeli aircraft had attacked the region, the site of a large Palestinian camp, since Israeli's general election last month. During that campaign, Prime Minister Begin said Israel reserved the right to hit Palestinian strongholds despite Mr. Habib's presence in the Middle East.
Mr. Habib's new round of shuttle diplomacy started on Thursday (9 July) at the meeting with President Sarkis and continued next day. But as the U.S. envoy's efforts continued Syria said their defence missiles would stay in Lebanon -- now and in the future.