Middle East: The Guns Fall Silent

After ten weeks of bitter siege, the P.L.O. evacuation from West Beirut begins

We have reached the end of our sorrows," Lebanese Prime Minister Chafik al Wazzan declared with heartfelt fervor last week, then quickly added, "at least on paper." And so it seemed. In mid-afternoon last Saturday, a force of about 450 fighting men of the Palestine Liberation Organization left Beirut by sea bound for Cyprus, | thereby setting in motion the evacuation of some 7,000 P.L.O. guerrillas from the Lebanese capital. The event was both dramatic and historic, since it marked the...

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