MIDDLE EAST: A Cautious Withdrawal Begins

As refugees come home, the Israelis yield positions to U. N. forces

Kilometer by kilometer, village by village, Israeli soldiers last week began turning over their positions to Norwegian, Nepalese and Iranian contingents of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Israelis were moving slowly, however, obviously determined to see whether the U.N. forces would hold their positions under fire and whether Palestinian commandos would rush back into the area. Meanwhile, the Lebanese government began to send convoys of refugees back to the villages from which an estimated 265,000 people had...

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