A South African cinema showing "Victory at Entebbe" was gutted by fire on Sunday (23 January) in Pretoria.
A South African cinema showing "Victory at Entebbe" was gutted by fire on Sunday (23 January) in Pretoria. It is widely believed the fire was lit deliberately.
SYNOPSIS: The pro-Israeli film "Victory at Entebbe" which depicts Israel's daring rescue of hostagesheld in Uganda, is though to behind the suspected arson. As a result police have announced special security precautions wherever the film is playing in South Africa.
Extensive damage was done throughout the theatre, destroying almost the entire building including the screen the rafters, the foyer and hundreds of seats. It will cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Although the fire appeared to be an anti-Israeli act, relations between Israel and South Africa have improved considerably within the last few years. Early last year Mr. Vorster visited Israel at the invitation of the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Rabin. After the talks Mr. Vorster said communications between the two countries had "never been better."