• Short Summary

    By Friday (23 February) the Egyptian army had completed its re-occupation of the West Bank of the Suez Canal.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Egyptian army vehicle outside shelled building in Suez City
    0.03

    2.
    LV PAN Shell dholes in masonry of city (2 shots)
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    3.
    SV Egyptian Army vehicles pass
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    4.
    GV Ghana U.N. lorry passes
    0.32

    5.
    LV & CU Wrecked building at Kasfarit (4 shots)
    0.43

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    SV Soldier on road probing for mines with Bitter Lakes in background
    0.53

    7.
    LV EXT Officers' club in Fayid
    1.00

    8.
    LV Correspondents waling into ruined building
    1.03

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    CU & SV Wreckage
    1.07

    10.
    CU Remains of anti-personnel mine on grass
    1.10

    11.
    CU Unused rocket projectile
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    SV ZOOM FROM Officers' club doorway to ship on Bitter Lakes
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    LV Ship on lake with soldier probing for mine in foreground
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    14.
    LV Ship
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    CU Soldiers searching debris on water's edge
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    SV Partially submerged tank
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    LV Pier with ships in background
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    18.
    GV PAN Ships on pier
    2.00



    Initials BB/2303 DG/MR/BB/0020



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: By Friday (23 February) the Egyptian army had completed its re-occupation of the West Bank of the Suez Canal. The re-occupation followed Wednesday's final phase in the Israeli army's withdrawal from the pocket of territory they captured during the last few days of the October war.

    By March the fifth the new Israeli front-line positions will be 12 miles (20 kms) out in the Sinai desert. The Suez Canal will cease to be a front line. Almost immediately, according to the Egyptian Minister for Reconstruction, Osman Ahmed Osman, work will begin to clear the canal for shipping again. Within six months, it is estimated, ships could be using the canal for the first time since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

    The last area of the West Bank occupied by the Israelis included the Eastern shores of the Great Bitter Lake, where fourteen ships have been stranded since 1967, and the old British air force base of Fayid. The Egyptians found that the Israelis had had to abandon a great deal of equipment and stores in the last minute rush to meet the deadline agreed between the two armies in January.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3EN0NPK5GYPTQXBQV2YPUIXXQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EN0NPK5GYPTQXBQV2YPUIXXQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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