• Short Summary

    RECRUITS FOR EL FATAH, THE LARGEST OF THE ARAB NATIONALIST ORGANISATIONS DEDICATED TO THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE FROM THE ISRAELI OCCUPYING FORCES, HAVE BEEN RECEIVING TRAINING IN THE USE OF WEAPONS AT CAMPS IN JORDAN.

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    RECRUITS FOR EL FATAH, THE LARGEST OF THE ARAB NATIONALIST ORGANISATIONS DEDICATED TO THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE FROM THE ISRAELI OCCUPYING FORCES, HAVE BEEN RECEIVING TRAINING IN THE USE OF WEAPONS AT CAMPS IN JORDAN. EL FATAH IS SAID TO HAVE ITS MOST ACTIVE TRAINING CAMPS AND ITS BASE OF OPERATIONS IN JORDAN.

    AT ONE CAMP IN JORDAN RECENTLY, RECRUITS WERE TAUGHT HOW TO USE RIFLES, MACHINE-GUNS, MORTARS, BAZOOKAS AND RECOILLESS RIFLES. MUCH OF THE EQUIPMENT USED BY EL FATAH IS REPORTEDLY SOVIET MADE OR ARE SIMILAR TYPES MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC OR THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

    IN ADDITION TO WEAPONS, THE EL FATAH RECRUITS UNDERWENT RIGOROUS PHYSICAL TRAINING WHICH INCLUDED CROSSING AN OPEN FIRE BY MEANS OF A ROPE. IN SOME CAMPS, RECRUITS MUST RUN AS MUCH AS SIX MILES (ABOUT 10 KMS) A DAY. THEY ARE PAID ABOUT GBP20 STERLING A MONTH.

    EL FATAH'S LEADER IS YASSIR ARAFAT, AN ENGINEER BORN IN JERUSALEM. HE HAS ATTENDED A DEMOLITIONS COURSE IN CAIRO AND HAS TRAINED IN VIETNAM WITH THE VIET CONG.

    EL FATAH ALSO HAS TRAINING CAMPS IN THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC AND IN SYRIA. THE NUMBER OF MEN IN EL FATAH IS ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN FIVE AND TEN THOUSAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1M1YS4OB9TAYD2FD9Q5NPCPLY
    Media URN:
    VLVA1M1YS4OB9TAYD2FD9Q5NPCPLY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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