The seige of the French Embassy in The Hague entered its third night on Sunday (September 15) with no apparent end in sight.
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Background: The seige of the French Embassy in The Hague entered its third night on Sunday (September 15) with no apparent end in sight. Eleven hostages are being hold captive by Japanese gunmen who are demanding one million dollars (about 400-thousand sterling), the release of a fellow Japanese jailed in France last year, and a fully fueled jet to take them away.
The gunmen, members of an extremist group, known as the Red Army, say they are wiling to release all the hostages except the French Government is holding out for an all or nothing deal with the terrorists. On the other hand the Dutch authorities are in favour of ending the stalemate
Police expressed concern that the extremists and their hostages, who are in a top floor office of the embassy, have enough food. The gunmen have made no demands for food so far, and police are unable to say if their are any provision in the embassy itself.