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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 16, 1996 V4, #68
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Hizbullah Warns Israelis Worldwide
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
The Hizbullah movement says it is ready to launch a corps of
suicide bombers inside Israel and against Israeli interests around
the world. TV photos have shown devoted Hizbullah fighters with
dynamite strapped around their waists, chanting slogans and
apparently preparing to die for their cause.
What is their cause? Analysts say it is two-pronged -- to oust
Israelis from their homeland and to undermine any Arab peace
deals with the Jewish state. In 1993, an influential Shi'ite
cleric in Beirut even issued a religious ruling that attacking
Israeli forces in southern Lebanon was a religious duty.
Hizbullah -- or "Party of God" in English -- sprang onto the world
stage in the mid-1980s with a series of bloody terrorist attacks,
and kidnappings of westerners. There were suicide bombings against
US and French military positions in Beirut, hijackings of
international airliners, political murders, and more recently,
assaults on Israeli troops in southern Lebanon and rocket attacks
across the border into northern Israel.
Hizbullah followers are mostly Shi'ite Muslim militants from
Lebanon's poor villages and Beirut neighborhoods. They took
their inspiration from Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Larger-than-life photos of the late Ayatollah Khomeini decorate
As Hizbullah grew, so did Iranian assistance. Early on, one
influential cleric in Beirut described Iran as the mother of
Hizbullah and the model for a new Islamic Lebanon.
The United States and Israel criticize Syria for allowing Iranian
supplies to pass through its territory to Hizbullah forces inside
Lebanon. Syria is considered the key power broker in Lebanon and
capable of calming Hizbullah or at least cutting its supply routes.
Both Syria and Lebanon have rejected calls to rein in Hizbullah
on the grounds the militants are legitimately resisting the
occupation of their country.
Israel Launches Artillery Strikes
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli forces and Lebanese Hizbullah terrorists continued their
fighting Monday with Israeli artillery and air strikes hitting
southern Lebanon and Hizbullah rockets landing in northern Israel.
Israel launched artillery strikes Monday in new areas of southern
Lebanon, after warning people in more villages to evacuate their
Long-range artillery shells landed around the cities of Tyre and
Nabatiyeh, and in other areas. Lebanese sources reported an
Israeli air strike on suspected Hizbullah installations northeast
of Beirut, and elsewhere. Israel said it launched more than 250
air sorties into Lebanon Sunday.
Meanwhile, Hizbullah's Katyusha rockets continued to rain on
northern Israel, most of them hitting open areas, but some landing
in or near population centers. The Israeli army reported three
people were injured and five others were treated for shock. A
synagogue was reported damaged by one rocket which fell nearby.
Many local residents have fled to the south and those remaining
are spending most of their time in bomb shelters.
Israel occupies an approximately nine mile-wide zone in southern
Lebanon, designed to prevent attacks on northern Israel. Peres said
Monday Israel is sensitive to the human cost of its operation, but
he said it has been forced into conducting it by repeated rocket
attacks by Hizbullah on northern Israeli towns.
"Surely we would like to bring an end to the fire. It does not
bring us any pleasure to see people suffering. It does not bring us
any satisfaction to see people in danger. We regret about every
life, whether on our side of the border on the other side of the
border. But we want to make sure that security will replace
assassination and violence."
German Courts Turn Down Munich Victims' Relatives
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
Relatives of Israeli athletes killed during a terrorist attack at
the 1972 Olympics in Munich have lost their bid to sue the German
government for bungling the rescue operation. The Munich court
declared the lawsuit by the five relatives to have been technically
withdrawn because they failed to post bond required to ensure legal
costs of the case would be paid.
The lawsuits by the five relatives had sought millions of dollars
in damages from the German federal, state and local governments
for their role in the failed rescue operation at the 1972 Olympics.
Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli athletes and took nine
others captive at the Munich games.
Police later tried to rescue the hostages at an airport outside
the city, but the operation failed and all nine athletes were
killed along with five Palestinians and a policeman. Two additional
lawsuits are expected to go to trial in early May.
Twenty-two other relatives of the athletes tried to sue officials
for damages last October. Those cases were rejected by the court,
which said the statute of limitations had run out years ago and the
cases had already been addressed by a 1973 compensation agreement.
The relatives are appealing the decisions.
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