Middle East: Leave West Beirut!

Begin warns the civilians as negotiators race to prevent an attack on the city

Day after day, the unnerving calm stretched on. The truce between Israeli invaders and Palestinian defenders that had been in effect for more than a week threatened to break down at any moment with potentially disastrous results for the entire region. As talks continued, with U.S. Special Envoy Philip Habib serving as chief negotiator, there appeared to be just two possible outcomes: 1) a large-scale withdrawal from Lebanon of all or most of the Palestine Liberation Organization's 6,000 fighting...

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