At Beirut International Airport security precautions have been tightened in fear of a possible retaliation by Israel for the shooting last Tuesday at Lod Airport in Tel Aviv.
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Background: At Beirut International Airport security precautions have been tightened in fear of a possible retaliation by Israel for the shooting last Tuesday at Lod Airport in Tel Aviv. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - based in Lebanon - have claimed responsibility and planning of the attack which was carried out by three Japanese gunman.
In December 1968, following a PFLP attack on an Israeli airline at Athens Airport, Beirut Airport was the scene of a devastating retaliation raid by Israeli helicopters and troops. Altogether 13 aircraft - including almost the entire Lebanese commercial air fleet - were destroyed on the tarmac during the raid which lasted only a few minutes.
Other security measures throughout Lebanon include the Army being placed in a state of alert; Military, Civil Defence and First Aid units mobilised around possible targets in Southern Lebanon; night patrols are operating in towns and villages along the southern border; and women, children and old people have been evacuated from refugee camps in the same area.
SYNOPSIS: Beirut International Airport - where security precautions have been tightened in fear of possible retaliation by the Israelis for the guerrilla attack on Tel Aviv airport last Tuesday. Although the gunmen involved were Japanese, the Lebanon-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have claimed responsibility for the attack. And, just three and a half years ago - in December 1968 - a PFLP raid on an Israeli aircraft in Athens airport, brought on a devastating retaliation by the Israelis on the Beirut Terminus. In only a few minutes - helicopter-borne Israeli commandos descended on this airport and destroyed thirteen aircraft, including almost the entire Lebanese commercial air fleet. Apart from increasing armed security in the airport - a general state of alert has been called throughout the country, particularly along the Southern borders; all Army leaves have been cancelled; and defence and first aid units have been mobilised. But it is the airport that, at the moment, is feared to be the most likely target.