MIDDLE EAST: Agony in the Arqub

In 1973 Moslem observance of the month of fasting called Ramadan coincided with Yom Kippur, Judaism's most sacred day. So did the start of the October war. This year Ramadan coincided with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year's Day. There was no recurrence of open warfare, but Israeli jets did attack villages in the mountainous border region of southern Lebanon known as the Arqub. Since 1969, this area, which fans out from the slopes of Mount Hermon, has been known as "Fatahland" because Palestinian guerrillas regularly cross it from havens in Syria...

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