Reaction to the massacre in two Palestinian refugee camps in west Beirut was quick and angry Saturday, summed up by President Reagan's declaration that the killings sparked 'outrage and revulsion.'
A Lebanese government member who was close to the recent peace negotiations said the 'Nazi-style' massacre filled him with 'disgust.' Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sent an urgent message to Reagan requesting American intervention in the Beirut.
The U.N. Security Council convened an urgent session Saturday night to consider sending troops back into west Beirut.
Jordan's Ambassador Hazem Nuseibeh said the Arabs would request the movement of 5,000 U.N. troops from south Lebanon as a first step and then ask the Council's five permanent members to send additional forces.
Earlier, U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, in a report to the Council, agreed with an urgent appeal by France, Italy and the United States to send additional U.N. observers to west Beirut.
In a statement released in Washington, Reagan said he 'was horrified to learn this morning of the killing of Palestinians.
'All people of decency must share our outrage and revulsion over the murders, which included women and children.'
Secretary of State George Shultz summoned the Israeli ambassador to the State Department to discuss the slaughter and demand a pullback of Israeli forces from west Beirut.
Ambassador Moshe Arens interrupted the celebration of the Jewish New Year for the 30-minute meeting with Shultz. Following the session, the Israeli Embassy released a statement expressing 'dismay and shock at the killings.'
In Damascus, Syria, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat blamed Israeli troops for the massacre and said the United States must be held responsible for failing to enforce the U.S.-negotiated cease-fire.
In an interview with United Press International, Arafat said the Israelis, not rightist Christian forces led by renegade Lebanese Maj. Saad Haddad, stormed the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in west Beirut.
'It was not Saad Haddad. It was the Israelis,' Arafat said. 'They (Israelis) sent special commandos with guides only from Saad Haddad.
'The Israelis -- they are the criminals.'
Also in Damascus, Lebanese Minister of Tourism Marwan Hammade, who was close to the peace negotations, said the killings filled him with 'disgust.'
'Disgust at the U.S. guarantees that stand for nothing, disgust at the premature flight of the multi-national forces that was mandated to protect civilians and at the passivity of the Lebanese army and the internal secutiy forces,' he said.
'The U.S. is bearing the main responsibility for this Nazi type of massacre.'
According to Cairo radio, Egyptian President Mubarak sent an urgent message to Reagan urging his administration, as a partner in the Middle East peace process, to intervene at once decisively and firmly 'to stop this deteriorating situation in Lebanon.'
Radio Moscow Saturday charged Israel and its Christian allies in Lebanon were working together to eliminate the Palestinian population of west Beirut.
'Israeli troops and the rightist armed formations collaborating with them are following a policy of genocide,' a news broadcast said. Saudi Arabia held Israel responsible and warned the kingdom would employ 'other means' if Israel did not withdraw from the Lebanese capital.
Saudi Information Minister Mohammed Abdo Yamani said the massacre 'brings to mind the ugly murders by (Israeli Prime Minister) Menachem Begin and other Zionist terrorists in Der Yassin and Bir Sheva' before the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.