More than 150 hostages are still being held in the Jordanian desert in two planes hi-jacked by Palestinian commandos.
More than 150 hostages are still being held in the Jordanian desert in two planes hi-jacked by Palestinian commandos. The hostages are being held against Palestinian demands which include the release of Leila Khaled, the girl hi-jacker held in London who has been involved in two hi-jacking incidents.
Although the hi-jackers release non-Israeli women and children soon after the planes landed, 60 Jewish women and children are still held in the burning hear, along with all the male passengers and crews. So far they have spent two nights at the primitive airstrip on which the planes made a perilous landing on Sunday (September 6).
International Red Cross negotiations from Geneva have arrived in Jordan to try to secure the hostages' freedom but the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is still standing firmly by its ultimatum to Britain and Switzerland and demands to West Germany and Israel over commandos held in those two countries.
The two planes are a Swissair DC 8 and a Trans World Airlines Boeing 707 which were seized with a Pan American jumbo jet in the biggest aerial hi-jacking in history. The jumbo jet was subsequently blown up at Cairo Airport.