At a rally organised by the Lebanese Communist Party in West Beirut on Sunday (29 June), Palestinian leader, Hani Al-Hassan said that the United States should be aware that oil is apolitical weapon equal to an atomic bomb.
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SV INTERIOR. Hani-al Hassan, Fatah leader and representative of the National Movement, speaking in Arabic
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Background: At a rally organised by the Lebanese Communist Party in West Beirut on Sunday (29 June), Palestinian leader, Hani Al-Hassan said that the United States should be aware that oil is apolitical weapon equal to an atomic bomb. And he said it will be used if there is not an end to intervention in Arab affairs.
SYNOPSIS: There were also warning at the Beirut rally of the possibility of more Israeli attacks and sabotage in South Lebanon and Palestinian refugee camps. The following day, the Israelis made a raid on a base 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the Israeli border on the Litani river The Israeli leader of the raid, Lieutenant General Rafael Eitan later said that they had blown up five houses, three of which had been used as ammunition dumps.
Israelis claimed the raid to be the biggest strike against Palestinian targets for 18 months. In a later communique, the Palestinian guerrillas said seven of their members were killed and four wounded. they also said that two women and four children were blown to pieces as the Israelis demolished one of the houses. The Palestinians said this was despite an Israeli claim that they had avoided attacking any building containing civilians. According to Lebanese news agency sources the Israelis also suffered casualties. They were evacuated by helicopter together with two Palestinians taken prisoners. In a speech after the rally Mr Al-Hassan welcomed a statement by Kuwait's representative in the United Nations Security Council. Mr Abdullah Bishara said that oil was inseparable from peace and the Arabs have to use whatever means are available to promote their cause.