Jordanian troops and security forces are continuing to scour Amman for illegal arms now that the Palestinian commandos have withdrawn from the city.
GV House to house search by security forces
GV Army patrol truck passing
MV Security forces entering house
SV & GV Police car outside
GV Personnel carrier in street
GV Families watch
SV Girls hold up
GV Troops and police
SV Security forces out of house
GV Troops and security forces around site of arms cache (2 shots)
CU Mortars, shells & grenades ZOOM OUT TO GV
CU Ammunition belts
CU Chinese markings on canister
GV Troops in road
SV & GV Security forces examine weapons
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Background: Jordanian troops and security forces are continuing to scour Amman for illegal arms now that the Palestinian commandos have withdrawn from the city. For Visnews, cameraman Ken Ludlow followed the troops into the curfewed districts of Wahdat and Ashrafiya yesterday (Wednesday) to film the search. His coverage includes shots of a major arms cache unearthed near the Palestinian camp at Wahdat.
SYNOPSIS: In Amman, security forces are scouring the city for illegal arms now that the Palestinian commandos have withdrawn from Jordan's capital. On Wednesday, the search centred on the Wahdat and Ashrafiya districts. Both were put under curfew before troops and police moved in. Wahdat was one of the areas worst hit by the fighting last September.
Despite the restrictions, the atmosphere was relaxed. There were signs of enthusiasm for King Hussein and the Jordanian government. The previous day, the last convoy of Palestinian commandos and their heavy arms had left the city without incident.
A focal point for the search was the Palestinian camp at Wahdat. In a nearby stone quarry, one of several major arms caches came to light. The weapons--including machine-guns, mortars and anti-tank missiles--had been hidden in three caves.
Some of the arms bore Chinese markings. As the search went into a third day, several powerful landmines and booby traps in deserted houses were discovered. Later, the heads of Arab diplomatic missions in Amman toured the area of the search.