• Short Summary

    TOGETHER WITH THE BBC CAMERA TEAM I DECIDE TO VISIT SHEIKH OTHMAN SHORTLY AFTER THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE BRITISH TROOPS AND THE MOVE IN OF THE SOUTH ARABIAN ARMY.

  • Description

    TOGETHER WITH THE BBC CAMERA TEAM I DECIDE TO VISIT SHEIKH OTHMAN SHORTLY AFTER THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE BRITISH TROOPS AND THE MOVE IN OF THE SOUTH ARABIAN ARMY. WE WERE TOLD BY SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE SOUTH ARABIAN ARMY (BRITISH OFFICERS) THAT IF WE DID GO INTO SHEIKH OTHMAN IT WOULD BE WITHOUT AN ESCORT AND AT OUT OWN RISK. I HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN INTO SHEIKH OTHMAN TWO DAYS BEFORE FOR A LOOK AROUND AND HAD EMERGED QUITE SAFELY. WE DECIDED TO GO IN AND CHANCE IT AS THERE HAD BEEN NO FIRING OR ANY TROUBLE IN SHEIKH OTHMAN SINCE THE WITHDRAWAL OF BRITISH TROOPS. WE FIRST FILMED SOUTH ARABIAN ARMY GUARDS IN THE OLD BRITISH POSITIONS AND THEN MOVED INTO THE CENTER OF TOWN TO THE MARKET SQUARE. THERE WERE SEVERAL BULLET HOLED MOSQUES AND WERE HERE TOLD TO 'GO AND SEE WHAT THE BRITISH HAVE DONE' WE THEN DROVE TO A PARTLY RUINED HOUSE WHICH HAD BEEN HEAVILY BACKWARD DURING THE INTER FACTIONAL FIGHTING IN SHEIKH OTHMAN. ??? WE WERE FILMING SEVERAL CARS PULLED UP AROUND US, PEOPLE JUMPED OUT AND SURROUNDED US. MOST OF WHOM WERE ARMED AND SEVERAL OF WHOM WERE CARRYING GRENADES. ONE MAN WAS CONSTANTLY THREATENING TO PULL THE PIN OUT OF THE GRENADE AND THROW IT AT US IF WE DID NOT GO WITH THEM. OUR CAR WAS THEN ??? OVERLAND DRIVEN BY AN ARAB AND THERE WAS A MAD RACE THROUGH THE ??? OF SHEIKH OTHMAN TOWARDS THE OUTSKIRTS WHERE WE THOUGHT WE WERE BEING DRIVEN TO SAFETY. ONCE AGAIN WE WERE STOPPED BY THE SAME CARS WHO HAD BEEN FOLLOWING US AND OUR DRIVER WAS TOLD TO TURN BACK. THIS TIME WE WERE TAKEN INTO THE BACK STREETS OF THE TOWN TO A SMALL HOUSE WHERE WE MET FOR THE FIRST TIME (NO JOURNALISTS HAVE EVER SEEN HIM BEFORE) A MEMBER OF THE PORT HIGH COMMAND. HE APOLOGISED A GREAT DEAL FOR FRIGHTENING US AND ASSURED US MANY TIMES THAT WE WERE NOW IN NO DANGER. HE WOULD NOT GIVE US HIS NAME. HE TOLD US THAT THERE HAD BEEN A MEETING BETWEEN THE NLF AND FLOSY DURING WHICH IT HAD BEEN DECIDED TO PERMIT NO JOURNALISTS TO ENTER SHEIKH OTHMAN AND IF JOURNALISTS DID COME INTO THE TOWN THEY WERE LIABLE TO BE SHOT BY EITHER SIDE. HE TOOK
    OUR NAMES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND PROMISED TO TELEPHONE US THE MOMENT IT WAS PERMITTED TO ENTER THE TOWN OR TO TALK. HE ALSO ACCUSED JOURNALISTS OF BUILDING UP THE IMAGE OF THE NLF AND SAID THAT IT WAS NOT THE NLF WHO WERE SOLELY IN CHARGE OF SHEIKH OTHMAN. IN THIS HOUSE WHERE WE HAD BEEN TAKEN WAS A WOUNDED MAN WITH SEVERAL BULLET HOLES IN HIM. WHEN WE ENTERED HE WAS MOVED INTO ANOTHER ROOM AND DURING OUT TALK THERE AN ARMED ESCORT CAME IN WITH ANOTHER WOUNDED ARAB WHOM ???.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA370YGLP182H3BG9O11UR2OACJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA370YGLP182H3BG9O11UR2OACJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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