The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 1, 1986 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, January 1, 1986
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Nation/World The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 1,1986 Page 5 Gemayel's aides injured in ambush BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Gunmen firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades ambushed a motorcade in the Christian sector of Beirut on Tuesday, and the presidential palace said it was an attempt to assassinate President Amin Gemayel. The palace said Gemayel was not in the motorcade, but it added that eight of the Christian president's bodyguards and aides were wounded. The New Year's Eve attack occurred several hours after a nationwide cease-fire was declared in effect as part of a Syrian-sponsored effort to end Lebanon's 10 years of civil war. The ambush touched off fighting between Christian militias but did not shatter the truce along the Green Line separating Beirut's Christian and Moslem sectors. The Lebanese Forces Christian militia claimed the attack was not on Gemayel but was an attempt to kill ones of its officials, security chief Assad Shaftari said. A militia communique said Shaf- tari, 29, was unhurt when his car was hit by gunfire and rocket- propelled grenades. The militia said the ambush was set by 50 assailants in the Christian suburb of Zalka on Beirut's northeastern edge. One of Shaftari's bodyguards was killed and another seriously wounded, according to the militia, which is Lebanon's strongest Christian force. The conflicting accounts of the ambush reflected the power struggle between the Lebanese Forces and Gemayel's Phalange Party for dominance in the Christian heartland north of Beirut. The Phalange has declared its opposition to a Syrian-sponsored cease-fire agreement the Lebanese Forces signed in Damascus on Unidentified men view aftermath of motorcade attack. Saturday with the main Druse and Shiite Moslem militias. Neither the presidential palace nor the Lebanese Forces identified the attackers. But there were no reports of Moslem militiamen in the area and it appeared that Christians were involved in setting the ambush. According to independent witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity, the shooting broke out as a convoy of presidential limousines and Shaftari's motorcade drove along Zalka's coastal highway. A communique from the presidential palace said the 43-year-old Gemayel "coincidently was not in his limousine" when his motorcade came under attack. The president's bullet-proof limousine was hit by gunfire, and three escorting cars were severely damaged, the communique said. Two of the eight injured aides and bodyguards suffered serious wounds. The Lebanese Forces commu- nique said Shaftari's bodyguards exchanged fire with the ambushers and an undetermined number of assailants were killed or wounded. Police said the attack touched off fighting between Gemayel's Phal- angists and Lebanese Forces militiamen in east Beirut. At least four people were killed and 19 wounded, witnesses said. Gemayel ordered the Lebanese army's 8th Brigade to deploy in Zalka and in the Metn province, where the presidential palace and the president's family home are located. Former President Camille Chamoun, 85, an opponent of the Syrian-mediated armistice agreement, visited the presidential palace after news of the ambush spread. Chamoun, a Christian, said he met for 30 minutes with Gemayel. "I congratulated the president on his escape," he told reporters. Although the Phalange Party opposed the political aspects of the armistice agreement that give Moslems an equal share of power with the Christians, Gemayel refrained from making any public statement. Israeli prime minister labels Libya 'wicked' KFAR SAVA, Israel (AP) - Prime Minister Shimon Peres attacked Libya Tuesday as a "wicked country" that harbored terrorists, and welcomed the green light given by the United States to hit back at those responsible for airport attacks in Rome and Vienna. Peres also called for international sanctions against Libya, saying that otherwise "other people will become innocent victims." He did not specifically blame Libya for Friday's simultaneous airport attacks, but he said that if renegade Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Nidal was responsible, "we know that he is in Libya." Peres also criticized Libya for calling the airport attacks "heroic." Peres said Libya was the seat of international terrorism and "a Peres wicked country full of murder at whose head stands a man ... whose hands are stained with blood" — a reference to Col. Moammar Khad- afy. Speaking to 800 high school students in this town 15 miles northeast , of Tel Aviv, Peres said Israel will | strike at terrorists with "the means, timing and locations it deems appropriate." ' Speaking later to The Associated Press, the prime minister praised U.S. statements regarding retail- , ation for the twin attacks in which 18 people were killed and about 120 were wounded. Perres said the United States had . taken "the right approach. It is inconceivable that murderers will run around killing women and children." White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Monday that if the United States or another country can identify those responsible for the airport slaughter "and they attack them, wipe them out, that's fine with us." Labor secretary's wife dead of cancer at 49 WASHINGTON (AP) - Laura "Muffet" Brock, wife of Labor Secretary William E. Brock, has died of cancer. She was 49. Mrs. Brock, the former Laura Handly, and Brock met in Chattanooga, Tenn., and were married on Jan. 11,1957, six years before Brock came to Washington as a newly elected Republican congressman from Tennessee. President Reagan, who is vacationing in Palm Springs, Calif., telephoned Brock to express his condolences after Mrs. Brock's death on Monday at a Washington hospital. Brock, an heir to the Brock Candy Co. in Chattanooga, served four terms in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate, before becoming chairman of the Republican National Committee and helped rebuild the GOP following Watergate. He served as U.S. trade representative in the Reagan administration before assuming the Labor Department post last March. Sen. James Sasser, D-Tenn., said in a statement: "We're all saddened by the death of Muffet Brock. She was a very gracious and a very fine woman. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Brock family." Arson hits third clinic in Ohio TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An abortion clinic was damaged Tuesday by a fire that federal investigators said they believed was arson, which would make it the third Ohio clinic hit by arsonists this week. "The only statement we're making is that it appears to be arson," said Robert Stellingworth, resident agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Two other Toledo abortion clinics reported Tuesday that they had received bomb threats the day before, and city police put them under surveillance. Two Cincinnati abortion clinics suffered $75,000 damage each Monday. Investigators there said it appeared that gasoline-fueled firebombs were thrown into the Margaret Sanger and Women's Health Care centers. Jim Moriarty, a leader of the area's most visible pro-life group, Christians United Against Abortion, said Tuesday that members of the group would not be involved in setting fires or any such activities, which he believes only increase public sympathy for abortionists. "But when you think about it, a little fire damage is really kind of minor when you think of the damage that goes on inside the abortion clinic every day," Moriarty said. " A fire apparently was set early Tuesday in the crawl space beneath the Toledo Medical Services Inc. clinic, which also was firebombed in August, said Fire Chief Kenneth Harberson. No one was at the clinic at the time of the fire, which burned up into interior walls and caused an estimated $20,000 damage. ATF agent Leo Foltz in Cincinnati said the agency's list of possible suspects included anti-abortion activists, but said he could not assume that such activists set the fires. "They are very visible and easy to point the finger at. But if anyone had an inkling to do something like this, this would have been a convenient time to do it. So we aren't looking just at protesters," Foltz said. Dr. Carl L. Armstrong, owner of Toledo Medical Services, reopened the clinic Tuesday after blocking off the damaged areas. Rebecca Weitzman, spokeswoman for the clinic, said security would be increased but declined to detail what measures would be taken. "Each time something happens to us — trespassing or firebombings or whatever — or to other abortion clinics in the country, you tighten security,"she said. Weitzman said the clinic received no threats warning of the fire. JANUARY SALE Sofa groups 37% to OVER 50% 1 / 2 OFF ALL Sears-O-Pedic R bedding All Sears upholstery fabrics . . . 1 All Sears-O-Pedic* bedding protected by ^5J Scotchgard B'anfl Mattress Pi 01 Limited warranty: For the specified years, Sears will repair or replace defective bedding, with a pro-rata charge based on the current price of repair or replacement. 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