TEL AVIV (Jul. 18)
Syrian warships blockading Christian ports in Lebanon turned tail last week when Israeli naval craft appeared off the coast of Beirut, Ma’ariv reported Tuesday.
The newspaper quoted a Radio Monte Carlo report as saying that the Israeli vessels were escorting ships carrying fruits and vegetables to besieged Christians in East Beirut.
According to the report, Syrian ships blockading the Christian ports of East Beirut, Jbail and Jounieh retreated northward after the Israeli boats appeared.
The Israeli-escorted ships picked up food in Nakoura, just north of the Israeli-Lebanese border, and successfully dropped anchor off East Beirut, according to Radio Monte Carlo.