Thursday, August 19, 1982

Military Action:

Cease-fire holds; fears grow of IDF push into northern Lebanon once Beirut crisis is resolved; Lebanese Christian woman caught placing car bomb at Lebanese Information Ministry (explosives labelled in Hebrew).


More fruit, vegetables appear on streets as ICRC convoy carrying food, fuel let into W. Beirut; al-Nahar paper returns to newsstands.

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Israel approves evacuation plan, agrees to pull back forces along highway while PLO forces evacuate to Syria; Sharon says IDF will not tolerate PLO actions through Syrian lines.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: Lebanese government formally requests troops from US, France and Italy to oversee PLO evacuation.

US and Other Countries: US expresses "relief," "gratification" at Israeli cabinet approval of evacuation plan; UK official expresses satisfaction but says no long-term settlemenit in sight.

UN: 120 members call for Palestinian state.