• Short Summary

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE LAWYERS' UNION BUILDING, AMMAN, YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), PALESTINE GUERRILLA LEADER YASSER ARAFAT SAID THAT THE FEDAYEEN UNIFIED COMMAND WAS URGENTLY REVIEWING THE POLICY OF ATTACKING AIRCRAFT ABROAD AS PART OF ITS COMMANDO CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISRAEL.

  • Description

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE LAWYERS' UNION BUILDING, AMMAN, YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), PALESTINE GUERRILLA LEADER YASSER ARAFAT SAID THAT THE FEDAYEEN UNIFIED COMMAND WAS URGENTLY REVIEWING THE POLICY OF ATTACKING AIRCRAFT ABROAD AS PART OF ITS COMMANDO CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISRAEL.

    MR. ARAFAT COUPLED THIS STATEMENT WITH ANOTHER DENIAL THAT THE FEDAYEEN OR ANY GROUP CONNECTED WITH HIS GUERRILLAS HAD BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BLOWING UP THE SWISSAIR AIRLINER WHICH CRASHED ON A FLIGHT TO TEL AVIV ON SATURDAY, KILLING 47 PEOPLE.

    ARMED COMMANDOS WATCHED FROM NEARBY ROOFTOPS AND OTHERS PATROLLED THE BUILDING AS MR. ARAFAT TOLD THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE PALESTINE REVOLUTION WAS AGAINST KILLING CIVILIANS WHEREVER THEY MAY BE. THE UNIFIED COMMAND OF FEDAYEEN WAS MAKING AN URGENT AND COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF THE WHOLE QUESTION OF ATTACKING AIRCRAFT.

    HE ADDED THAT IF THERE WERE ACTS OF SABOTAGE BY NON-ARAB GROUPS, HIS ORGANISATION WAS NOT CONCERNED WITH THEM. HE ALSO REPEATED THE PALESTINIAN VIEW THAT WORLD OPINION SHOULD REACT EQUALLY VIGOROUSLY AGAINST ISRAELI CRIMES AGAINST CIVILIANS IN OCCUPIED TERRITORY.

    ONLY A MINORITY OF THE TEN GUERRILLA GROUPS IN UNIFIED COMMAND HAVE CLAIMED ATTACKS ON TARGET ABOARD, AND MR. ARAFAT'S AL FATAH, THE BIGGEST FEDAYEEN ORGANISATION, HAS OPPOSED SUCH ATTACKS.

    DURING THE CONFERENCE, MR. ARAFAT SAID THAT HIS GUERRILLAS HAD NO INTENTION OF OVERTHROWING JORDAN'S GOVERNMENT, AND DID NOT WANT TO INTERFERE WITH THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF ARAB COUNTRIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3G8MX6YC9IC7CF4DN69NXPEKW
    Media URN:
    VLVA3G8MX6YC9IC7CF4DN69NXPEKW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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