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  • July 19, 1983

    Military Action:

    Christian suburbs north of Beirut fired on from Syrian-controlled mountains; Syrian Army position attacked in Tripoli; fighting continues in Chouf.

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  • July 18, 1983

    Casualties:

    2 killed, 3 wounded in West Beirut shootout between Amal militia and gunmen firing at restaurant from passing car; guard in Baath party office in Tripoli killed when shell hits...

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  • July 11, 1983

    Military Action:

    Land mine explodes as IDF convoy crosses bridge over Hasbani River in southeastern Lebanon; Druze and Christian militias exchange artillery and rocket fire north of Beirut...

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  • July 9, 1983

    Political Responses:

    Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO mediation team meets Syrian foreign minister, no progress toward reconciliation reported; Arafat's personal secretary in Damascus reportedly...

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  • July 8, 1983

    Military Action:

    IDF hands over checkpoint at Monteverde, east of Beirut, to Lebanese Army; anti-aircraft missile fired at IDF transport plane preparing for takeoff near Damour.

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  • July 4, 1983

    Casualties:

    2 PLO officials and director of Palestine Research Center expelled from Lebanon.

    Political Responses:

    Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh rebels agree on cease-fire with...

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  • July 3, 1983

    Political Responses:

    Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO delegation meets Syrian foreign minister, Fateh rebels; Habib returns to Beirut.

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  • June 30, 1983

    Military Action:

    Syrian Army tanks and forces surround Shtawra; PLO rebel forces move toward Baalbek; cease-fire reported between PLO factions.

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    1 Lebanese civilian...

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  • June 28, 1983

    Military Action:

    PLO rebels, supported by PFLP-GC and Saiqa fighters, launch series of attacks against loyalist positions along Beirut-Damascus highway toward Shtawra, taking 3 to 6...

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  • June 26, 1983

    Military Action:

    Grenade thrown at IDF convoy near Sidon; IDF reports 4 other attacks on its positions over weekend; Syrian forces maintain encirclement of loyalist PLO positions.

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  • June 25, 1983

    Casualties:

    Bomb explodes in Sidon shop, 1 killed; 2 explosions reported in Ain al-Hilweh camp.

    Political Responses:

    Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat travels to Prague, condemns...

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  • June 24, 1983

    Military Action:

    4 attacks on IDF positions reported: 2 shells fired near Amiq in eastern sector, RPGs fired at roadblock south of Sidon, light arms fire at convoy near Jezzine; fighting...

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  • June 22, 1983

    Military Action:

    Syrian Army encircles loyalist Fateh positions in Beqaa, prevents movement of arms and ammunition; Muslim militias battle in Tripoli.

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    10 killed in...

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  • June 21, 1983

    Military Action:

    IDF patrol attacked with RPGs near Zahrani River, WAFA reports joint Lebanese-Palestinian force responsible.

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    1 Border Policeman killed, 3 soldiers...

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  • June 20, 1983

    Military Action:

    Syrian Army convoy ambushed on coastal road south of Tripoli; IDF tanks fire at Druze and Christian positions in Chouf as artillery duels continue.

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  • June 18, 1983

    Military Action:

    RPGs fired at IDF position in Beqaa; Katyusha rocket fired near Kfar Yatar in South Lebanon.

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    Woman shot and killed in Burj al-Shamali refugee camp...

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  • June 17, 1983

    Casualties:

    Lebanese Army corporal and 3 civilians killed in Tripoli, most shops close in mourning for Thursday's killings; 3 Palestinian-owned shops in Sidon destroyed by bombs; bomb...

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  • June 14, 1983

    Military Action:

    Artillery fire exchanged between Phalangist and Druze militias in Souk al-Gharb and Aitat villages; IDF reports 3 attacks, no casualties: RPGs fired at convoy, small arms...

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  • June 13, 1983

    Military Action:

    IDF and Syrian tanks reportedly exchange fire in Beqaa valley, IDF denies report; IAF planes practice dives over Tyre, fly into Syrian airspace; light arms fire at IDF...

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  • June 11, 1983

    Military Action:

    Remote controlled bomb explodes near IDF checkpoint at Khaldeh, misses IDF convoy, injures 6 Lebanese.

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    Demonstration in Beqaa valley town of...

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  • June 7, 1983

    Casualties:

    Bomb explodes outside shop in Ain al-Hilweh; IDF turns back about 100 trucks carrying food and merchandise from Beirut to Sidon.

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  • June 5, 1983

    Casualties:

    Prisoners at Ansar camp burn tents, throw stones at guards, shout slogans, IDF surrounds but does not enter camp.

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    Palestinians/ Lebanese:...

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  • June 4, 1983

    Political Responses:

    Israel/ Occupied Territories: 150,000 attend Peace Now demonstration in Tel Aviv to mark first anniversary of Lebanon war, demand withdrawal of IDF; stones thrown, road...

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  • June 3, 1983

    Military Action:

    Bazookas fired at IDF patrol near Nabatieh, IDF position in Beqaa; small arms fire at IDF forces on Beirut-Damascus road.

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    Residents of Tyre,...

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  • May 31, 1983

    Military Action:

    IDF building new roads in South and East Lebanon, bypassing villages; IDF constructing new fortifications in Bekaa.

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    IDF arrests Lebanese suspected...

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  • May 29, 1983

    Military Action:

    1200 US Marines arrive in Beirut to relieve units deployed with MNF since February; IDF reinforces positions in Bekaa, keeps troops on special alert for 4th consecutive day...

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  • May 28, 1983

    Military Action:

    Syria announces end of military maneuvers, return of forces to normal situation and status, military tension between Syria and Israel eases; unidentified anti-aircraft fire...

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  • May 27, 1983

    Military Action:

    IDF on state of alert as Syrians begin military maneuvers near Israeli lines in Golan Heights and eastern Lebanon; Palestinian guerrillas attack IDF patrol in Bekaa; IDF...

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  • May 23, 1983

    Military Action:

    Druze militia and Lebanese Army exchange fire in Beirut; IDF vehicle attacked by bazooka fire west of Ansar camp.

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    Maronite archbishop of Tyre...

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  • May 21, 1983

    Political Responses:

    Palestinians/ Lebanese: Leaflets circulated in Damascus by dissident Fateh military officers criticize Arafat for intending to withdraw PLO forces from Lebanon, call...

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Military Action:

Christian suburbs north of Beirut fired on from Syrian-controlled mountains; Syrian Army position attacked in Tripoli; fighting continues in Chouf.

Casualties:

1 Syrian soldier wounded in Tripoli; dozens of marked and unmarked graves, used by IDF to bury bodies of Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians killed in Lebanon, discovered in northern Galilee, IDF denies it is mass grave site.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Begin, citing personal reasons, postpones visit to Washington scheduled for July 26-29; leaders of Druze community in Israel ask government to remove Phalangist militia from Chouf before IDF withdraws, say they fear massacres.

US and Other Countries: Gemayel arrives in Washington for 3 days of official meetings.

Casualties:

2 killed, 3 wounded in West Beirut shootout between Amal militia and gunmen firing at restaurant from passing car; guard in Baath party office in Tripoli killed when shell hits building.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Gemayel in France en route to US, meets with King Hussein in Nice.

UN: Security Council extends mandate of UNIFIL peacekeeping force in South Lebanon to October 19.

Military Action:

Land mine explodes as IDF convoy crosses bridge over Hasbani River in southeastern Lebanon; Druze and Christian militias exchange artillery and rocket fire north of Beirut.

Casualties:

2 IDF soldiers killed, 16 wounded in mine explosion; 3 civilians killed, 5 wounded by artillery shelling in towns north of Beirut.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Jumblatt says Druze militia will fight Lebanese Army endlessly if it moves into Chouf when IDF withdraws.

US and Other Countries: French Defense Ministry reportedly agrees to add 3,000 soldiers to its MNF contingent of 2,000.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO mediation team meets Syrian foreign minister, no progress toward reconciliation reported; Arafat's personal secretary in Damascus reportedly arrested by Syrian police.

Arab Governments: Syria announces it wants to cooperate with US, is ready for discussions and negotiations on Lebanon withdrawal; Syrian paper Tishrin calls Arafat a traitor, openly supports Fateh rebels.

Military Action:

IDF hands over checkpoint at Monteverde, east of Beirut, to Lebanese Army; anti-aircraft missile fired at IDF transport plane preparing for takeoff near Damour.

Casualties:

IDF disperses women demonstrating near Sidon for release of detainees at Ansar.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Soldiers and police fire bullets, tear gas, to break up demonstration near Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, 40 arrested; Arens says cycle of violence on West Bank is initiated generally by some elements of the Arab population, refuses requests from 40 leading West Bank and Gaza Palestinians for permission to travel to Tunis to convey support for Arafat; Shlomo Argov, Israeli ambassador to UK whose attempted assassination in 1982 was pretext for invasion, says the war was unjustified.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh rebels refuse Arafat's offer to withdraw PLO loyalist forces from Beqaa to Tripoli; Arafat says crisis in PLO serves Israel, has reduced attacks against IDF from one or two a day to 2 or 3 in past 15 days.

US and Other Countries: Shultz reports to Reagan on Middle East tour.

Casualties:

2 PLO officials and director of Palestine Research Center expelled from Lebanon.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh rebels agree on cease-fire with PLO delegation.

Arab Governments: Shultz arrives in Saudi Arabia from Pakistan at start of Middle East diplomatic circuit.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO delegation meets Syrian foreign minister, Fateh rebels; Habib returns to Beirut.

Military Action:

Syrian Army tanks and forces surround Shtawra; PLO rebel forces move toward Baalbek; cease-fire reported between PLO factions.

Casualties:

1 Lebanese civilian wounded by IDF fire after remote controlled bomb explodes near IDF patrol.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Habib returns to Israel from Lebanon; Hebron municipality electric pylons uprooted, Kiryat Arba settlers claim responsibility.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO Executive Committee meets in Tunis, PFLP-GC and Saiqa representatives not present; Abu Nidal group confirms its support for Fateh rebels.

Arab Governments: Syria says it rejects logic of the independence of Palestinian decisions when they concern the Arab-Israeli conflict.

US and Other Countries: US reportedly proposes that Israel agree to a 'date certain' for total, unilateral withdrawal of IDF from Lebanon.

Military Action:

PLO rebels, supported by PFLP-GC and Saiqa fighters, launch series of attacks against loyalist positions along Beirut-Damascus highway toward Shtawra, taking 3 to 6 positions.

Casualties:

15 killed, 20 wounded among Fateh loyalists, commander of Yarmouk brigade reportedly captured by rebels; Lebanese police report total of 28 deaths in Beqaa fighting since Monday.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat travels to Algiers.

Arab Governments: Egypt's newly appointed ambassador to Israel says he will not take up residence there as long as Israeli troops remain in Lebanon without timetable for their withdrawal; Habib meets King Fahd in Riyadh, then travels to Cairo.

Military Action:

Grenade thrown at IDF convoy near Sidon; IDF reports 4 other attacks on its positions over weekend; Syrian forces maintain encirclement of loyalist PLO positions.

Casualties:

2 IDF soldiers wounded in grenade attack.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Grand Mufti of Jerusalem issues statement urging PLO rebels to support Arafat, promises martyr status to any Muslim who assassinates Assad; 700 West Bank representatives of student, professional, political and trade union organizations meet at Al-Aqsa mosque, criticize Syrian and Libyan intervention in Palestinian affairs, call on rebels to support present PLO leadership; Habib arrives in Israel for talks with Begin, Shamir, Arens, reportedly will seek to delay IDF redeployment until Begin-Reagan meeting on July 27.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat returns to Tunis; PFLP official calls Arafat expulsion from Syria an insult to the entire PLO; PFLP and DFLP, split since 1969, announce merger to enhance unity of PLO.

Arab Governments: Syria describes Arafat as a defeatist who has chosen the path of the wilderness.

Casualties:

Bomb explodes in Sidon shop, 1 killed; 2 explosions reported in Ain al-Hilweh camp.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat travels to Prague, condemns attempts by Arabs and non-Arabs to put up violent opposition to the PLO and its independent national decisions.

Arab Governments: Jordan condemns Arafat expulsion as attempt to destroy independence of legitimate Palestinian institutions.

Military Action:

4 attacks on IDF positions reported: 2 shells fired near Amiq in eastern sector, RPGs fired at roadblock south of Sidon, light arms fire at convoy near Jezzine; fighting continues in Chouf.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat expelled from Syria, escorted to Damascus airport by Syrian security officials, placed on flight to Tunis; Abu Jihad also declared persona non grata in Syria and Syrian-controlled areas of Lebanon.

US and Other Countries: Habib and Draper begin visit to Middle East in effort to persuade Syria to withdraw its troops; GAO issues heavily censored report on US aid to Israel, says US likely to come under more pressure to provide grants and concessions as Israel's debt grows.

Military Action:

Syrian Army encircles loyalist Fateh positions in Beqaa, prevents movement of arms and ammunition; Muslim militias battle in Tripoli.

Casualties:

10 killed in Tripoli fighting.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh rebel leader Abu Musa denies Syrian tank support in recent fighting; PLO Research Center in Beirut closed and sealed by Lebanese authorities.

Arab Governments: 20 Palestinian students, said to be members of the PFLP, expelled from Egypt.

US and Other Countries: Shultz says conditions under which a partial IDF withdrawal takes place would determine whether or not it was a setback; Dutch foreign ministry says its 612-man battalion with UNIFIL cannot do its job under Israeli occupation and will be withdrawn on October 19 if situation remains unchanged.

Military Action:

IDF patrol attacked with RPGs near Zahrani River, WAFA reports joint Lebanese-Palestinian force responsible.

Casualties:

1 Border Policeman killed, 3 soldiers wounded in ambush near Zahrani, village of Arab Salim sealed; several residents arrested; 6 killed, 9 wounded as gunmen attack worshippers in Tripoli mosque.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh rebels, supported by PFLP-GC and Syrian troops and tanks, overrun 8 loyalist positions in eastern Lebanon, take control of Palestinian positions along highway between Syrian border and Shtawra; commander of loyalist Yarmouk brigade reportedly held by Syrian Army; Arafat travels from Damascus to Tripoli, says he will not return to Damascus until Syria ends support of rebels; Syrian news agency SANA carries full text of rebel statement for first time.

Military Action:

Syrian Army convoy ambushed on coastal road south of Tripoli; IDF tanks fire at Druze and Christian positions in Chouf as artillery duels continue.

Casualties:

3 to 7 Syrian soldiers, including 2 officers, killed in Tripoli ambush; Palestinian residents of Burj al-Shamali demonstrate for increased IDF protection against Phalangist militiamen following several murders last week; 2 injured in West Beirut bombings.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Political figures, trade unions, university students and women's organizations in West Bank and Gaza express public support for Arafat.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh Revolutionary Council, with 40 of 73 members present, meets in Damascus, condemns mutiny, decides on formal inquiry into corruption, conduct of PLO officers during Israeli invasion of Lebanon, supports by-passing Fez plan in favor of military optioni; PLO officer and head of Palestine Research Center in Beirut detained by Lebanese authorities; report on Sabra and Shatila massacres by Lebanon's military prosecutor finds no responsibility on part of political and military leaders of Phalange Party, implies involvement of Haddad forces, assigns legal responsibility to IDF, recommends no prosecutions at present time.

US and Other Countries: Shultz and other officials discuss implications of IDF redeployment with national security adviser to Gemayel; Gemayel to visit Washington on July 22; EEC summit meeting votes to reopen links with Israel, unfreeze financial aid package blocked since invasion.

Military Action:

RPGs fired at IDF position in Beqaa; Katyusha rocket fired near Kfar Yatar in South Lebanon.

Casualties:

Woman shot and killed in Burj al-Shamali refugee camp, IDF arrests Phalangist militiamen; 2 occupants of car die when it explodes in Hamra district of Beirut.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Heavy fighting between Fateh factions in several areas of the Beqaa, Arafat says Libyan tank unit initiated attack; WAFA begins operations from Tripoli.

Casualties:

Lebanese Army corporal and 3 civilians killed in Tripoli, most shops close in mourning for Thursday's killings; 3 Palestinian-owned shops in Sidon destroyed by bombs; bomb destroys bakery in Sabra camp; boobytrapped watermelon explodes in Nabatieh; siege of Deir Qanoun lifted, 78 villagers remain under arrest.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh rebels from September Martyrs battalion briefly occupy hospital at Bar Elias in Beqaa; Fateh loyalists attempt to recapture supply office in Damascus.

Military Action:

Artillery fire exchanged between Phalangist and Druze militias in Souk al-Gharb and Aitat villages; IDF reports 3 attacks, no casualties: RPGs fired at convoy, small arms fire at military police HQ and roadside bomb as convoy passes near Ansar prison camp; fighting in Tripoli between pro- and anti-Syrian groups.

Casualties:

1 person killed, 15 injured in Tripoli fighting.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Lebanese parliament approves troop withdrawal agreement by 65-2 vote, with 4 abstentions.

US and Other Countries: Weinberger says US-Israel memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation against Soviet threats in Middle East, suspended since December 1981, could be restored any time Israeli government wishes.

Military Action:

IDF and Syrian tanks reportedly exchange fire in Beqaa valley, IDF denies report; IAF planes practice dives over Tyre, fly into Syrian airspace; light arms fire at IDF convoy near Nabatieh.

Casualties:

Mass escape from Ansar camp reported, IDF tanks and helicopter gunships lead search, IDF denies escapes; Shi'ite religious and political leaders appeal to UN over IDF siege of Deir Qanoun an-Nahr, where 200 residents arrested after Friday's bomb attack; 2 Palestinians, said to be collaborators, killed in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: IMF report on Israeli economy predicts $6.2 b. trade deficit for 1985 if present policies continue.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat meets PLO officers in eastern Beqaa, says joint Lebanese-Palestinian higher command has been formed to coordinate operations against IDF in Lebanon.

Military Action:

Remote controlled bomb explodes near IDF checkpoint at Khaldeh, misses IDF convoy, injures 6 Lebanese.

Casualties:

Demonstration in Beqaa valley town of Sahmour against IDF arrest of 22 residents last week; prisoner at Ansar camp shot and killed while reportedly trying to escape.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat meets officials in South Yemen and Kuwait.

Arab Governments: Qadhafi and Assad meet in Damascus.

Casualties:

Bomb explodes outside shop in Ain al-Hilweh; IDF turns back about 100 trucks carrying food and merchandise from Beirut to Sidon.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat meets PM Gandhi in New Delhi; Lebanese parliamentary committees approve troop withdrawal agreement, full debate to take place next week.

Arab Governments: Libyan infantry battalion arrives in Syria to join Libyan volunteers in Beqaa valley.

 

Casualties:

Prisoners at Ansar camp burn tents, throw stones at guards, shout slogans, IDF surrounds but does not enter camp.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Armed units from PFLP-GC, Abu Nidal and Iranian Revolutionary Guards reportedly join Fateh rebel position in Beqaa; Arafat says PLO will fight for independence of Palestinian decision-making.

US and Other Countries: US reportedly urges Israel to hold its present positions in Lebanon until Syria agrees to withdraw its troops

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: 150,000 attend Peace Now demonstration in Tel Aviv to mark first anniversary of Lebanon war, demand withdrawal of IDF; stones thrown, road blocks set up in Nablus by Al-Najah students, tear gas, rubber bullets used, 30 students, 6 Israeli security forces injured, university closed for rest of school year.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO loyalists and rebels exchange heavy fire at checkpoint near Baalbek, casualties estimated at 4 to 16 dead, 7 to 17 wounded, 400-500 Palestinian civilians intervene to halt fighting; Arafat travels from Romania to Algeria.

Arab Governments: Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in Libya for talks with Qadhafi.

Military Action:

Bazookas fired at IDF patrol near Nabatieh, IDF position in Beqaa; small arms fire at IDF forces on Beirut-Damascus road.

Casualties:

Residents of Tyre, mostly women and children, demonstrate for release of prisoners from Ansar detention camp.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Arafat visits Yarmouk Brigade in Beqaa, then travels via Damascus to Romania.

Military Action:

IDF building new roads in South and East Lebanon, bypassing villages; IDF constructing new fortifications in Bekaa.

Casualties:

IDF arrests Lebanese suspected of participation in guerrilla attacks.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Military statistics for year ending March 31 show increase in West Bank incidents of 69% over previous year, rise in use of molotov cocktails and grenades, 4417 street disturbances (increase of 79%), 35 schools closed, 66 towns, villages and camps subjected to curfews, 2 Israelis killed, 174 injured, 11 Palestinians killed, 90 injured; policeman to stand trial on torture charges after investigation of complaints by Arraba resident; Attorney General refuses to make public the Karp report on Jewish vigilantism in West Bank; Cabinet economic decisions will raise cost of imports by 7.5%, levy .3% tax on cash withdrawals from banks as partial means of financing Lebanon occupation; 8 Jewish religious students arrested in Jerusalem on suspicion of vandalizing Arab home near their yeshiva; 2 Gaza Strip Arabs sentenced to life imprisonment for grenade attack on Israeli bus in which 8 passengers were injured.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Christian and Druze leaders meeting this week to ratify truce agreement covering Chouf region, terms include entry of Lebanese Army assisted by MNF as peacekeeping force, removal of roadblocks and exchange of prisoners, temporary amnesry, reconstruction assistance for damaged villages; PFLP and DFLP seek to mediate rebellion within Fateh.

Arab Governments: Syrian President Assad forms government committee to mediate Fateh rebellion, Syrian troops reinforce guard around main PLO offices and institutions in Damascus.

US and Other Countries: US defense sources say both Israel and Syria have received US aerial reconnaissance photos since 1976; former Israeli Defense Minister Sharon, accompanied by numerous bodyguards, arrives at Montreal airport under massive security precautions.

Military Action:

1200 US Marines arrive in Beirut to relieve units deployed with MNF since February; IDF reinforces positions in Bekaa, keeps troops on special alert for 4th consecutive day; Lebanese TV reports exchange of artillery rounds across Syrian-Israeli lines in Bekaa; Israeli jets repeatedly break sound barrier over Bekaa during dozens of reconnaissance flights, encounter anti-aircraft fire from Palestinian positions in north Lebanon; Lebanese guerrillas attack IDF vehicles near Bhamdoun; grenade thrown at Israeli civilian truck in Nabatiyeh; grenade thrown at IDF vehicle in Beirut; IDF APC hits mine near Yanta; IDF position fired on from behind Syrian lines near Amik.

Casualties:

1 civilian killed, another wounded in Syrian-Israeli artillery exchange; 2 IDF soldiers killed, 3 wounded in Bhamdoun attack; IDF warns soldiers in Lebanon not to buy drinks or pita bread locally, due to recent incidents of booby-trapped food.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Cabinet approves continuation of military alert status; Peace Now march to get Israel out of the Lebanese quagmire begins at Rosh Hanikra on Lebanese border and heads for Tel Aviv; police arrest son of Rabbi Hirsh, leader of anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish Neturei Karta movement, on charges of failing to register for military conscription; 20 West Bank sites advertised by private companies for construction of villas have not been approved by Ministerial Settlement Committee.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Abu Saleh, dissident Fateh officer, denies Libyan support, but says he would welcome it; PLO denies right-wing Lebanese radio report of assassination attempt on Arafat; Arafat tours PLO positions in Baalbek area; Gemayel speaks to largely Muslim rally in West Beirut, calls for Lebanese unity; mufti of Lebanon opposes Lebanese-Israeli agreement.

Military Action:

Syria announces end of military maneuvers, return of forces to normal situation and status, military tension between Syria and Israel eases; unidentified anti-aircraft fire at Israeli planes over Bekaa; Beirut and suburbs shelled for 5 hours as battles in Chouf continue.

Casualties:

9 persons injured in Chouf battles, cease-fire arranged by IDF.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Fateh dissidents take control of 6 PLO fuel and ammunition depots in Damascus, some shots fired, 2 guards slightly wounded.

Military Action:

IDF on state of alert as Syrians begin military maneuvers near Israeli lines in Golan Heights and eastern Lebanon; Palestinian guerrillas attack IDF patrol in Bekaa; IDF tank hits mine south of Karoun dam, RPG fired at IDF vehicle near Sil, no casualties reported; artillery exchanges in Chouf.

Casualties:

1 IDF soldier killed, 2 wounded, 1 Palestinian guerrilla killed in Bekaa battle.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Begin briefs opposition leaders on military situation in Bekaa; High Court orders attorney general's office to answer Arraba resident's complaint of beating and electric shock treatment; Justice Ministry official says some Israeli companies are buying and selling private land on West Bank that is not officially registered; trial in Haifa of 5 Arrabe residents accused of trying to poison water supply, blowing up water pipe, damaging road leading to Jewish settlement in western Galilee; Foreign Minister Shamir travels to Europe for meetings in Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: President Gemayel calls for Arab summit or Arab League meeting to discuss Lebanese troop withdrawal agreement; Arafat tells PLO forces in Bekaa that only war can break the present stalemate; PLO military council member says all PLO forces should be returned to Lebanon from the 8 Arab countries to which they were moved last year.

Military Action:

Druze militia and Lebanese Army exchange fire in Beirut; IDF vehicle attacked by bazooka fire west of Ansar camp.

Casualties:

Maronite archbishop of Tyre kidnapped by Druze forces, later released after intercession of President Gemayel; between 83 and 104 kidnap victims exchanged, estimated 25 remain unaccounted for in Chouf; Lebanese Army arrests 17 Druze militiamen after Beirut battle; 1 IDF soldier killed, 1 wounded in bazooka attack; IDF releases 3 Syrian detainees from Ansar for health reasons.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: PM Begin opposes deadline for Syrian withdrawal or for unilateral IDF redeployment; IDF and Interior Ministry agree to establish 2 new border police companies, of 100 each, in West Bank; Health Ministry issues doctors with back to work orders, threatens to put them under military orders, doctors agree to resume negotiations; suspect in grenade attack that killed Peace Now activist February 10 remanded for 15 days in Jerusalem.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: DFLP leader Hawatmeh says Syria should impose economic blockade on Lebanon to force Lebanese bourgeoisie to decide whether its true interests lie with Israel or the Arabs; Arafat says Qaddafi seeks to split Palestinian revolution, will not succeed; 5 dissident Fateh officers refuse orders placing them under Arafat's command.

US and Other Countries: Coalition of trade unionists, political figures, and Palestinians in Quebec sends telegram to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to forbid former Israeli Defense Minister Sharon from entering Canada on June 1 for fund raising campaign.

Political Responses:

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Leaflets circulated in Damascus by dissident Fateh military officers criticize Arafat for intending to withdraw PLO forces from Lebanon, call for committee to supervise finances; Arafat, in Tripoli, says no Arab regime with its money or arms can confront the Palestinian revolution; Fateh Executive Committee places all PLO units in Lebanon under command of Gen. Ahmed Afani, orders dissident officers into unit under Arafat's direct command, plans to call full scale congress.

Arab Governments: Syria criticizes US over decision to implement sale of F-16s to Israel; Syrian envoy travels to Saudi Arabia; President Mubarak meets special envoy Habib in Cairo.