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Rabin; Amal Will Be Held Responsible for Safety of Downed IDF Airman

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Sunday that the Amal militia in Lebanon and its leader, Nabih Berri, would be held responsible for the safety and wellbeing of an Israel Air Force navigator who bailed out of his Phantom jet during a bombing mission over south Lebanon last month.

Berri, who is Minister of Justice in the Beirut government and heads the mainstream Shiite group, confirmed two weeks ago that the flyer was alive and being held by Amal. He mentioned no conditions for his release.