US envoy calls for GIs to safeguard Israeli exit

US envoy Philip Habib called for stationing American soldiers at early-warning stations in southern Lebanon to meet Israeli demands for security arrangements before withdrawing their troops, according to reports in the Israeli press.

Israeli Foreign Ministry officials declined to comment on the report in the Hebrew-language newspaper Ha'aretz, which said Israel was insisting that its own soldiers staff at least three of the monitoring stations to prevent the return of Palestinian guerrillas to the region.

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