MIDDLE EAST: Major Turn in a Mini War

Israeli troops make a dangerous incursion

The message from Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat to Egypt's President Anwar Sadat was shrill and urgent: "Our forces are under heavy Israeli attack. Enemy warplanes are overhead. We need help desperately." Visiting southern Lebanon to persuade Palestinian fighters there to accept a peace arrangement with Lebanese Christians, the Palestine Liberation Organization leader suddenly found himself under fire. Arafat and his men were besieged at Beaufort Castle—a historic Crusader fort in the shadow of Mount Hermon—not only by Christian gunners but also by Israeli artillery. Under cover...

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