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French Labor Unions Refuse to Permit Loading of Arms Destined for Lebanon

An Italian freighter rushed to Marseilles from Genoa this morning to pick up some 20 tons of arms and war materiel sold by French munitions makers to Lebanon before the expected imposition of a world-wide arms embargo on the Arab states and Israel. However, the cargo was not loaded because longshoremen’s unions refused to permit the workers to cooperate in sending the Arabs arms.

The freighter, San Carlo, was expected to clear Marseilles before 11 P.M. local time tonight when the United Nations Security Council’s four-week cease-fire in Palestine and ban on arms shipments to the Arab League states invading Palestine is expected to be proclaimed.