• Short Summary

    COMMANDOS OF THE PALESTINE NATIONAL LIBERATION MOVEMENT (FATAH) FORDED THE YARMUK RIVER EARLY ON FRIDAY MORNING (2 MAY) AND INFILTRATED INTO THE TOWN OF AL HAMMA, IN THE ISRAELI-OCCUPIED SYRIAN THE FIGHTING CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE IN THE TOWN.

  • Description

    COMMANDOS OF THE PALESTINE NATIONAL LIBERATION MOVEMENT (FATAH) FORDED THE YARMUK RIVER EARLY ON FRIDAY MORNING (2 MAY) AND INFILTRATED INTO THE TOWN OF AL HAMMA, IN THE ISRAELI-OCCUPIED SYRIAN THE FIGHTING CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE IN THE TOWN.

    AL HAMMA IS AN ANCIENT SPA ON THE YARMUK RIVER DIVIDING THE FORMER SYRIAN TERRITORY FROM JORDANIAN LAND. DURING THEIR BRIEF OCCUPATION OF THE TOWN, THE COMMANDOS BLEW UP PART OF THE RECENTLY-RENOVATED THERMAL BATH BUILDING, THE ISRAELIS CLAIM.

    AN ISRAELI COMMUNIQUE SAID THE COMMANDOS TOOK OVER THE DENSE UNDERGROWTH AND ATTEMPTED TO STORM AN ARMY POSITION. THE WITHDREW AFTER A SHORT BUT FIERCE ENGAGEMENT, LEAVING BEHIND TWO DEAD AND A QUANTITY OF MINES AND DYNAMITE CHARGES. THE ISRAELI FORCES LOST TWO DEAD AND THREE WOUNDED, THE COMMUNIQUE SAID.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PALESTINIAN ARMED STRUGGLE COMMAND SAID IN AMMAN THAT THE COMMANDOS SEALED OFF THE AREA BY DESTROYING ROADS AND OCCUPIED AL HAMMA FOR THREE HOURS, HOISTING THE PALESTINIAN FLAG IN TWO PLACES. HE CONFIRMED THE LOSS OF TWO COMMANDOS AND CLAIMED THE ISRAELIS HAD LOST A TANK, THREE TRACKED VEHICLES, A BULLDOZER AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN THE ENGAGEMENT.

    (THE AL HAMMA AREA HAS BEEN THE SITE OF SEVERAL RECENT INCIDENTS INVOLVING BOMBARDMENT OR INFILTRATION AND SABOTAGE. EARLIER IN THE SAME WEEK (28 APRIL) A CIVILIAN WAS KILLED AND THREE INJURED WHEN A BUS CARRYING WORKMEN TO AL HAMMA STRUCK AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. VISNEWS PROD. NO. 3807/69 REFERS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4BEPR5RP6GRH4WZP57YZ8PPEJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BEPR5RP6GRH4WZP57YZ8PPEJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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