• Short Summary

    ISRAELI MIRAGE AIRCRAFT YESTERDAY MORNING MADE TWO ATTACKS ON VILLAGES NEAR DAMASCUS. CONFLICTING REPORTS SPEAK?

  • Description

    ISRAELI MIRAGE AIRCRAFT YESTERDAY MORNING MADE TWO ATTACKS ON VILLAGES NEAR DAMASCUS. CONFLICTING REPORTS SPEAK OF SYRIAN AND ISRAELI AIRCRAFT LOSSES, AND OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES.

    THE DEATH-TOLL IN YESTERDAY'S ISRAELI AIR-RAID ROSE TODAY TO NINE ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL SYRIAN SOURCES. BUT THE OBJECT OF THE ATTACKS IS NOT CLEAR. THE ISRAELIS CLAIM THAT THEY ATTACKED TWO AL-FATAH CAMPS, CAUSING SEVERE DAMAGE, WHEREAS THE SYRIANS STATE THAT THE TARGETS WERE CIVILIAN ONLY. WHAT IS CLAIMED TO BE A REFRIGERATOR FACTORY AT THE VILLAGE OF EL-HAMME EAST OF DAMASCUS WAS ATTACKED, OFFICIAL SYRIAN SOURCES SAY, FOR TWO HOURS BEFORE THE ISRAELI MIRAGE FIGHTERS WERE DRIVEN AWAY BY SYRIAN MIGS. THE VILLAGE WAS ALSO ATTACKED, AND SEVERAL CARS ON THE ROAD FROM BEIRUT TO DAMASCUS WERE DAMAGED, INCLUDING THAT OF THE HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO SYRIA, MR. MANYIK, WHO ESCAPED UNHURT.

    THE ISRAELIS CLAIMED THAT THEY ATTACKED TWO AL-FATAH CAMPS, AND THAT THEIR PILOTS HAD ORDERS TO AVOID ALL CIVILIAN TARGETS. THEY REJECTED THE CLAIM BY THE SYRIANS THAT TWO (SOME REPORTS SAY FOUR) MIRAGE AIRCRAFT WERE SHOT DOWN DURING THE ATTACKS. ON THE OTHER HAND THEY CLAIMED THAT THE SYRIANS LOST TWO MIG-17 FIGHTERS IN DOG-FIGHTS OVER THE TARGET AREA. THE SPOKESMAN SUGGESTED THAT THIS WAS NOT A REPRISAL RAID IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTACK ON THE EL-AL AIRLINER AT ZURICH LAST WEEK.

    EGYPT HAS TODAY (TUESDAY) DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AS A RESULT OF THIS RAID.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2WRMUK8MEPKZ9323ZLIZZDXLX
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WRMUK8MEPKZ9323ZLIZZDXLX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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