Page 2, 24th May 1974

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Page 2, 24th May 1974 — Pope deplores Israel attack on Lebanon

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Organisations: Israeli army
Locations: Ma'alot


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Pope deplores Israel attack on Lebanon

By a Special Correspondent

_ ,Pope Paul has deplored last week's retaliatory bombing by Israel against .palestinian refugee camps and villages in the Lebanon, and has sent his con --dolenees to families of victims.

Israel claimed that the tears that one can hope to areas it attacked were restore order and justice."

havens for Arab guerrillas, three of whom seized a t,sehoolhouse at the Israeli border town of Ma'alot, resulting in the deaths of 27 Asraeli students and adults and the wounding of 88 others.

, The three Arab guerrillas ,were killed in the Israeli army assault on the schoolhouse.

, In an editorial comment on the Israeli attack in Lebanon, the Vatican daily paper, ,L'Osservatore Romano, declared: "Sorrow is added on ā€˛sorrow, blood on blood.

"No matter how under , standable the anguish of the .Israelis as a result of the massacre of the poor students, it -is not with more violence and The Israeli attack left more than 20 dead and 100 wounded.

A telegram from the Papal Secretary of State, Cardinal Jean Villot, to Archbishop Alfredo Bruniera, Apostolic Nuncio to the Lebanon, said: "The Holy Father has heard with deep sorrow the news of the serious destruction and numerous victims among the Civilian population in Lebanese territory.

"He strongly deplores this outbreak of violence and asks you to tell the authorities and stricken families of his lively sympathy, praying the Lord to inspire all to sentiments of humanity and peace."

In its editorial comment at the top of the news columns reporting the Israeli attack on Lebanon the Vatican daily said: "We must then weep for other victims, other defenceless people who certainly were not protagonists in the terroristic action carried out in Palestinian territory. women and children killed in the miserable camps for Palestine refugees."

Earlier, the paper had described the Israeli deaths at the Ma'alot schoolhouse as a "massacre without pity" and a "subhuman crime."

Shortly before the Israeli army assault on the schoolhouse Pope Paul had expressed his sorrow over the incident and his concern for the fate of the schoolchildren.

Cardinal Villot sent a message to the papal representative in the Holy Land, Archbishop Pio Laghi, to express the Pope's horror at the outbreak of violence.

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