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June 30, 1985 | RUDY ABRAMSON and SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writers
A delicately crafted plan to win freedom for the 39 remaining hostages from TWA Flight 847 broke down in Beirut early Saturday, just when it appeared that the Americans were on their way home by way of Syria and West Germany. The disappointing setback threw the 16-day-old crisis into an uncertain new phase and came after a chaotic 12-hour period in which U.S. officials both here and in Beirut, along with many of the hostages themselves, were convinced that the ordeal had finally ended.
June 28, 1985 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
After a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at winning the release of the remaining 39 American hostages being held here, Lebanese Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri said Thursday that he believes the two-week-old hijacking of TWA Flight 847 may be nearing the end. Berri sounded increasingly upbeat that the hostages may be freed as part of a deal with Israel, which holds 735 Lebanese prisoners whose release has been demanded by the plane's hijackers as the price of freedom for the Americans.
June 27, 1985 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Lebanese Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri released an ailing American hostage Wednesday and offered to transfer the remaining 39 captives to a Western embassy here or to Syria as part of a prisoner exchange with Israel. Berri said he has offered the United States several options for removing the hostages from their kidnapers' control as a compromise to settle the crisis, which began 13 days ago when fundamentalist Shia gunmen hijacked a TWA airliner while on a flight from Athens to Rome.
June 27, 1985
It would of course be preferable if the American hostages in Lebanon were transferred from the custody of Shia Muslims to the more comfortable and presumably safer confines of a Western embassy in Beirut, as Nabih Berri, leader of the "moderate" Amal Shia faction, has proposed. What is proposed, however, is not necessarily what may come to pass. Berri has not made an unqualified good-will offer as an earnest of his humanitarian instincts.
June 26, 1985 | from Times Wire Services
Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri today freed a hostage who has heart trouble--on the 13th day of captivity--and offered to transfer the remaining 39 to a Western embassy in Beirut to be held until Israel frees 735 Lebanese prisoners. Both France and Switzerland expressed willingness to take custody of the hostages. France said the decision was not related to any proposal made by Berri, who also said two Frenchmen kidnaped May 22 will be freed when the crisis is resolved.
June 26, 1985 | DOYLE McMANUS, Times Staff Writer
The United States, stepping up a diplomatic campaign to free the 40 Americans held hostage in Lebanon, appealed publicly to Syria and the Soviet Union on Tuesday to bring pressure on Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri for their release. Secretary of State George P. Shultz has also asked for--and received--help from U.S. allies in Western Europe and elsewhere, officials said.
June 23, 1985 | Associated Press
Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri warned Saturday that if the United States is planning a military operation to rescue the hijack hostages, such a move could "inflict serious harm" on the 40 Americans, now in their second week of captivity. Berri, head of the principal Shia militia, Amal, which has taken responsibility for most of the detained passengers and crewmen of a Trans World Airlines Boeing 727, spoke after Lebanese news media reported that U.S.
June 19, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Shia Muslim hijackers Tuesday freed two Americans and a Greek folk singer who referred to his captors as "nice people" but were still holding about 40 American hostages in their effort to gain the release of 766 prisoners held in Israel. Nabih Berri, chief of the main Shia militia Amal, who has assumed responsibility for the hostages, said the remaining captives could be freed "within 24 hours" if the Shia detainees are released.
June 19, 1985 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
The family and friends of Shia Muslim leader Nabih Berri, many of whom live in the large Lebanese immigrant community in this Detroit suburb, said Tuesday that they share what they described as Berri's mixed emotions about the Beirut hijacking crisis.
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