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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 69

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12E j u |j. is, i 976 · Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, Wtsl Virginia ' Ride Marmet youngsters got a free ride oh a rubber-tired "train" last week, courtesy of the Chessie System. An engine built on a 1966 Ford convertible chassis pulled a three-car train through the streets of Marmet. It was constructed by the Chessie System car department employes and sponsored in the Marmet appearance by the town council. Lebanese Christians Launch New Assault on Refugee Camp By Nick Ludington BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Lebanese Christians launched another assault Saturday on Tal Zaatar, the Palestinian refugee camp in southeast Beirut which has withstood 27 days of pounding by the Christians. The Palestinian and Lebanese Moslem leftist defenders said they beat back the assault with "suicide counter-attacks." Panicky rumors of a pending Christian takeover swept Moslem-held western Beirut, which includes the U.S. Embassy, following the announcement Friday that the embassy would be nearly shut down and another American evacuation staged on Tuesday. U.S. officials in Washington warned that the Christians appeared to be readying for a heavy attack on the Moslem half of the capital. "The new attack (of'Tal Zaatar) was mounted behind a IShour barrage of mortar and incendiary shells that set many fires." a Christian comunique said. "Reinforcements from Christian reserve forces supported by dozens of tanks and armored cars mounted the assault." * * * THE PALESTINIAN news agency Wafa issued an appeal from the Moslem medi- * * * cal staff in Tal Zaatar asking the Red Cross and the Red Crescent, the equivalent in the Moslem world, to save the 1,000 wounded trapped in the camp, many of them women, children and old people who are "dying slowly because of lack of medicine or bandages." A pregnant Swedish nurse in the camp who lost an arm in earlier attacks pleaded by radio Thursday for the Red Cross to arrange an evacution, but Red Cross officials said then-it could not be done. An earlier attempt to call a halt in the fighting broke down when both sides began shooting again before any wounded could be gotten out of the camp. Tal Zaatar, which originally held 30,000 persons, was a leftist stronghold in Christian-held east Beirut. It controlled key roads from the capital to the Christian enclave to the north. The Christians have said only a central complex of bunkers, tunnels and a few buildings remain in leftist hands. The . headquarters in the camp of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was captured by the attackers Saturday, according to a Christian com- munique. Christians claimed Tal Zaatar was the * * * Soviets Keeping Options Open By Thomas Kent MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union is keeping its diplomatic options open on the crisis in Lebanon despite some verbal support for the Palestinian guerrillas fighting the Syrian army there, diplomats here say. Two items carried widely in the Soviet press in the past week amounted to the Soviet Union's strongest show of disapproval so far over Syria's interventifin in the war. Yet neither item was a Soviet government statement. One was a declaration by lh ° "Soviet Afro-Asian Solidarity Commit- the tee." believed to be fully controlled by the Soviet government, and another was coverage of a news conference by the new Moscow representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization. "In the past, the Soviet Union has had both the PLO and Syria on its side," commented one Western diplomat. "I don't think they are convinced yet that they have to choose between one or the other." THE SYRIAN intervention in Lebanon came at a particularly painful time for the Soviets. Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was in the Syrian capital, Damascus, as Syrian troops moved in and apparently had not been told in advance that Syrian President Hafez Assad was going to intervene. The official press and television here were filled with favorable articles about SovietSyrian cooperation and photographs of Assad and Kosygin beaming at each other were everywhere. Under the circumstances, the Syrian move was virtually ignored at first by the Soviet media. Since the Kosygin trip, however, Soviet reports from Lebanon have acknowledged that the PLO, long praised here, has been reeling under blows from Syria, the Soviet Union's longtime ally. The PLC is also under attack by rightist Lebanese Christian militiamen. On June 22, the PLO was allowed to open a Moscow office more than a year after it had formally proposed the idea to the Kremlin. Some diplomats expressed a belief that the Soviets finally approved the office as another way of showing displeasure with the Syrians, although the office's chief, Mohammad alShaer, said in an interview that the timing didn't appear to him to have particular significance. In any case, al-Shaer received heavy Soviet coverage last Wednesday and Thursday fn his press conferenceJor Soviet-bloc journalists. According to fa Soviet news .i agency Tass, he said the participation of Syrian forces in Lebanon "evokes deep regret and bewilderment." The statement by the Soviet Afro-Asian Solidarity Committee, published July 10, said, "The involvement of Syrian military units in the Lebanese events complicates the situation still further." STTILL THE SOVIET Union apparently is concerned not to let its relations with Syria deteriorate too much. Along with refraining from direct government criticism of Syrian intervention, the Soviets have stressed that outside "imperialist circles" bear heavy responsibility for the Lebanese conflict. Imperialist interference, Pravda said in a lengthy article Friday, "as a final result, has led to a prolonging of the bloodshed, has disturbed the Lebanese in agreeing among themselves and settling the status of the Palestinians in the country. "Vessels of the American 6th Fleet appeared near the Lebanese coast. A special representative of Washington for several weeks carried on negotiations with local leaders and has visited Damascus. France also sent a representative (to Lebanon), main training ground for the PFLP, an ul- traradical Palestinian group. The joint Palestinian-leftist command said Syrian forces were still attacking Moslem refugee camp strongholds near Tripoli. Security force and hospital officials said more than, 100 persons were killed in Beirut and the north in the previous 24 hours. After recent Christian and Syrian advances, the leftist-Palestinian alliance has been left with an area around Tripoli and part of southern Lebanon around the port of Sidon, both of which are under heavy Syrian pressure, and the west half of Beirut. * * * THE CHRISTIANS have pushed northward out of their 800 square-mile enclave north of Beirut in addition to the attack on Tal Zaatar, while the more than 13,000 Syrian troops sent into Lebanon to force a halt to the 15-month-old war now control most of east and north Lebanon. U.S. officials strongly urged all Americans in Beirut to leave in the evacuation planned for Tuesday. In a statement broadcast over the Voice of America, the embassy said after Monday it "will no longer have the capability to effectively provide services for the American community." Officials in Washington said it had not been decided if the evacuation would be by land or by ship. "If we can do it by land, we're going to do it by land,'-' one source said. "If that's too dangerous, they'll have to go the other route, like they did last time." In the previous evacuation June 20, a navy landing craft picked up 110 Americans and 157 other foreigners. The embassy staff will be cut from 36 to 10 or 15 and Ambassador Talcott Seelye may be withdrawn, officials in Washington said. The Iraqi news dgency reported that a Syrian pilot defected Saturday to Iraq with his Soviet MIG21 jet to protest Syria's intervention in Lebanon. It was the second such defection in five weeks. The news agency also reported nine Syrian pilots were executed July 6 for refusing to fly strikes against Lebanese leftists and Palestinians. Syria and Iraq have been at odds recently because of the Syrian military action in Lebanon, strategy in the Arab-Israeli conflict and use of the Euphrates River,' which runs through both countries. Cancer Fund Drive Program Set Today The Col. Charles Young Post of the American Legion is sponsoring a benefit program at the First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. today to raise funds for its cancer fund drive. The program will include the Newsome Gospel Chorus, the Metropolitan Gospel Chorus, the St. Paul Gospel Chorus of St. Albans, the Mae Prentis Memorial Choir, the Soloist Bureau Gospel Chorus, the 'Emanuel Elite Gospel Chorus, the Gospel and later proposed sending its forces to -Cavaliers of West Virginia State College, Lebanon. the Interdenominational Gospel Chorus, "All this has increased nervousness in the Job Corps Gospel Chorus and the Fam- the country and has encouraged the righ- ity Affairs of Rand, tist camp, pushing it away from negotiations on a reconciliation." At the moment, 'the extent of Soviet involvement in Lebanon is not clear. Publicly, the Soviets have only announced that they stand for the independence and territorial integrity of the country and have decided to send food and medical supplies to the Lebanese population. Al-Shaer, the PLO representative in Moscow, said the PLO is receiving from the Soviet bloc "everything to fulfill our goals." He declined to be more specific. Meanwhile, there has been no confirmation in Moscow of a Beirut press report the Soviet Union has suspended shipments of arms and spare parts to Syria in an effort to get it to withdraw from Lebanon. Soviet press reports from Lebanon now stress the possibility of a settlement of the situation through contacts between the Palestinian and Syrian sides and are pointing to reports of small Syrian withdrawals as encouraging signs. \ » IFS HERE 24 HOURS EACH DAY 7 DAYS EACH WEEK ELECTRONIC TELLER SERVICES AT Ml ol SOUTH CHARLESTON ·· South Charlulon, Wur Virginia YnurAccounl InMircd ujMn$-H),KlO Phone 744-9424 Member FDIC mfcei IT Not All at Parkway Terrace Oppose Recreational Complex By Rick Stelhimmer Not every resident of the Parkway Ter- use it, which is their right." race section of St. Albans is opposed to the city building a pool and recreational complex in the neighbohood. More than 500 persons have signed petitions opposing locating the pool in the quiet, middle-income neighborhood. A committee of residents opposing the pool has made its presence known at every city council meeting since March, and some members plan to launch a recall drive against Mayor Clyde Alford, if the city decides to ignore protests and construct the pool. But according to Eugene Adkins, a resident of Parkway Terrace, a large number of his neighbors, maybe even a "silent majority," wants the pool. : 'The people who are for the pool are not making a big issue over it," Adkins said. "But I'd say 75 per cent of the people on my block are in favor of it." Adkins said that "a lot of people are making a monster out of the swimming pool idea, like some of them did with petition drives when the old people's home and low income homes were being considered in our city. But now that they've been built, people seem to like them lery much." Adkins suggested that another reason some persons object to the pool is that "some black children may want to POOL OPPONENTS have denied any racial or social motivation for being against the recreation complex. They have cited sewer problems, traffic congestion, parking problems, potential vandalism and increased noise among objections to locating the pool in Parkway. In addition, opponents assert, all factors combined would result in a reduction of property values. Adkins disagrees. "There may be a little more noise," he allowed, "but it will be in one place and not all over town." Addressing the alleged sewer problem, Adkins said that at a recent public meeting on the proposed pool, "the city engineer said that Parkway has the best sewer system in the city, and could handle twice the amount of homes now served. And there will be less vandalism, because with the pool, the children will have someplace to go besides out on the streets." As to contentions that the pool would decrease property values, the St. Albans man said the property values would in fact increase, because "when someone buys a home, the first thing they want to know about is whether there is recreation for the children." ' ADKINS NOTED THAT the city plans to provide "an adequate parking facility on vacant land above the pool." "I can't understand why people are opposed to something that is beneficial to the entire city," continued Adkins, who lives less than two blocks from the site of the proposed pool. "I remember years ago when my child was forced to play out on the street. All of us here have been paying taxes many years, and this is our first chance to get some of it back in the community." St. Albans City Council is expected to reach a decision during its Monday night meeting on whether Parkway Terrace will be the site of the new pool. Mercer Hearing Set On Telephone Service PRINCETON-A public hearing will be held at the Mercer County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Tuesday by the Princeton Area Citizens Assn. to discuss the service of General Telephone of the Southeast. The association has filed complaints with the Public Service Commission seeking a countywide toll free service and other improvements. Spokesman Bob Graham said General Telephone customers pay the highest rates in the state and that a rate increase will go into effect next Sunday. SALE STARTS MONDAY AT COME TO SUMMERS STREET AND SAVE! 9:00 A.M. r CLEARANCE! don't get caught short on summer fashion fun HURRAY FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE MAKE UP YOUR OWN FASHION LOOK FROM THIS GREAT COLLECTION OF POLYESTER AND COTTON KNIT SPORTSWEAR. START WITH... 60% POLYESTER, 40% COTTON KNIT SHORTS. THEY COME IN TWO LENGTHS... SHORT SHORTS AND TRADITIONAL JAMAICA SHORTS. SIZES 8 TO 18 RED · WHITE · NAVY LADIES'REG. 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