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    The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica visited the Dead Sea last Monday (16 August), and Massada, symbol of Hebrew resistance.

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    The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica visited the Dead Sea last Monday (16 August), and Massada, symbol of Hebrew resistance. The Foreign Minister, Senor Gonzalo J. Facio, is in Israel attending a conference on urbanisation in developing countries.

    Senor Facio has also visited the Golan Heights and the West Bank, the first Foreign Minister to do so. He later swam in the Dead Sea with local day-trippers.

    SYNOPSIS: The wilderness of the Dead area, and the almost impenetrable desert fortress build by King Herod two thousand years ago. Now a cable car brings visitors up the steep slopes -- last Monday the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Senor Gonzalo Facio, was taken around Massada. It was here in the year 70 that 960 Jews, the last group to held out against the Roman army, committed mass suicide. Senor Facio told his guides that he hoped such a thing would never happen again to Israelis. This fortress, excavated in the early sixties, has become a symbol of resistance and strength to young Israel Part of the education of every Israeli child is a visit to Massada.

    Senor Facio later swam in the Dead Sea, where the salt is so thick that tourists lie in the water reading their papers. He is in Israel attending an international conference on urbanisation in developing countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4I54MO9202UFJEG2B7JKS7AE4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4I54MO9202UFJEG2B7JKS7AE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
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    N/A

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