• Short Summary

    The last six airline hijack hostages--all Americans released by the Palestinian guerrillas in Irbid, Northern Jordan on Tuesday--arrived at Nicosia airport in Cyprus from Amman on Wednesday in a chartered aircraft.

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    The last six airline hijack hostages--all Americans released by the Palestinian guerrillas in Irbid, Northern Jordan on Tuesday--arrived at Nicosia airport in Cyprus from Amman on Wednesday in a chartered aircraft.

    An hour later they left on a special Cyprus Airways flight for Athens, from where they were to fly home to the United States.

    The hostages, last of the 54 held by the guerrillas, were handed over to delegates of the International Red Cross Committee in Amman on Tuesday (29 September). The 48 other hostages were freed earlier last Friday and Saturday.

    The hostages told reporters they believed the delay in securing their release was solely dur to the difficulties in transferring them from Irbid to Amman, and this had been negotiated on Tuesday afternoon by the Red Cross.

    One of them said they had been well treated by the guerrillas, with plenty of food and water, first at a commando base in Irbid, and for the last week, when air and shelling attacks became very severe, in the basement shelter of a school.

    Another said the six of them-all men-had confined in an underground shelter with just sufficient room, but had become friendly both with each other and with the three commandos who had looked after them.

    The six were two Jewish schoolteacher brothers, Abraham and Joseph Harari-Raful, Gerald Berkowitz, a chemistry professor at the City University of New York, John Hollingsworth, a U.S. State Department official, and two U.S. Defence Department employees, Dr. Robert Schwarz and Mr. James Lee Woods.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3R17N9AU7XNEIF47L8FAY8WKL
    Media URN:
    VLVA3R17N9AU7XNEIF47L8FAY8WKL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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