Washington — House panel backs arms aid near US request for Salvador
The Democratic-dominated House Appropriations Committee approved Wednesday a to help El Salvador in its fight against leftist guerrillas. The Reagan administration had asked for $132 million.
In San Salvador, President Jose Napoleon Duarte announced new human rights regulations aimed at halting bombings of civilian areas in antiguerrilla operations and at stopping abuses by security forces.
Regulations passed earlier in the week tighten controls on the use of air support for Army operations against the rebels. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will have to sign personally all orders for bombing operations. Previously, bombings were authorized by the chief of the Air Force.