Saturday, November 19, 1983

Military Action:

Widespread shelling of Tripoli as battle for Baddawi continues, loyalists and rebels rain artillery fire onto camp, Syrian and Libyan tanks and artillery reportedly in action.


Estimates in Tripoli fighting are 15 killed, 75 wounded, damage to property extensive; rocket hits main fire station, destroys last 3 working fire engines, wounds 7 firefighters.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Tulkarem under curfew after Friday's petrol bomb attacks on Israeli targets; demonstration in Ya'abad, near Jenin, supports Arafat, IDF uses teargas, curfew imposed.

Arab Governments: Syrian Defense Minister TIlas says Syrian army ready to mount suicide attacks against US warships, Syria has missiles with range of 180 miles that can hit targets anywhere in Israel.