• Short Summary

    AFTER TWO ROCKETS EXPLODED ON OPEN GROUND IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF JERUSALEM EARLY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), HELICOPTER SEARCHING WITHIN FIRING RANGE LOCATED THIRTEEN UNFIRED ROCKETS ON A RIDGE THREE MILES (5 KMS) EAST OF BETHLEHEM, IN OCCUPIED JORDANIAN TERRITORY.

  • Description

    AFTER TWO ROCKETS EXPLODED ON OPEN GROUND IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF JERUSALEM EARLY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), HELICOPTER SEARCHING WITHIN FIRING RANGE LOCATED THIRTEEN UNFIRED ROCKETS ON A RIDGE THREE MILES (5 KMS) EAST OF BETHLEHEM, IN OCCUPIED JORDANIAN TERRITORY. THREE ROCKETS HAD BEEN FIRED FROM THE SITE, ONE IS UNACCOUNTED FOR.

    THE SITE IS SOME FOUR MILES (7 KMS) FROM JERUSALEM, AND COULD HAVE DELIVERED A DISASTROUS BLOW TO THE CITY. THE THREE ROCKETS THAT HAD BEEN FIRED WERE EGYPTIAN-MADE 130MM KATYUSHAS, AND SEVEN UNFIRED KATYUSHAS WERE FOUND ON THE SITE TOGETHER WITH SIX CZECH-MADE 80 MM AIR-TO-GROUND MISSILES. ALL WERE WIRED TO BATTERIES AND DETONATORS.

    IT WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WHY THE THIRTEEN ROCKETS HAD NOT BEEN FIRED. THE SPENT LAUNCHERS WERE FOUND SOME YARDS (METRES) BEHIND THE OTHERS, AND ONE SUGGESTION IS THAT THE DISTANCE THEY WERE THROWN COULD HAVE SCARED THE SABOTEURS.

    EXPERTS SAID BETWEEN 15 AND 30 MEN MUST HAVE BEEN NEEDED TO DRAG THE LAUNCHERS TO THE SITE, AND ARABS LIVING NEARBY WERE DETAINED FOR INTERROGATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2LZ1OWC1QMSMO7M1LVOT6QW75
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LZ1OWC1QMSMO7M1LVOT6QW75
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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