• Short Summary

    ISRAELI ARMOURED AND INFANTRY COLUMNS THRUST INTO JORDAN YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AND KILLED AN ESTIMATED 150 ARAB GUERRILLAS BELONGING TO THE EL FATAH GROUP.

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    ISRAELI ARMOURED AND INFANTRY COLUMNS THRUST INTO JORDAN YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AND KILLED AN ESTIMATED 150 ARAB GUERRILLAS BELONGING TO THE EL FATAH GROUP. THE SHORT, SAVAGE 12-HOUR BATTLE WAS THE BIGGEST FLARE UP IN THE MIDDLE EAST SINCE LAST YEAR'S JUNE WAR. THE JORDANIANS CLAIMED THEY INFLICTED SEVERE LOSSES ON THE ISRAELIS - THREE FIGHTER PLANES DOWNED, 42 ARMOURED VEHICLES KNOCKED OUT AND 200 MEN KILLED AND WOUNDED.

    ISRAEL'S ACTION WAS IN REPRISAL FOR ARMED INCURSIONS INTO THEIR TERRITORY BY GUERRILLAS ALLEGEDLY OPERATING FROM JORDAN.

    THE ISRAELI TROOPS, BACKED BY AIRCRAFT AND THE TANKS, LAUNCHED A TWO PRONGED ATTACK AT DAWN YESTERDAY. THEIR MAIN TARGET WAS THE TOWNSHIP OF KARMEH, WHERE ONE OF THE BIGGEST ALLEGED ARAB SABOTAGE BASES IS SAID TO BE LOCATED. THEY KILLED 150 OF THE ALLEGED SABOTEURS AND CAPTURED A NUMBER OF OTHERS. BUT FOR MOST OF THE TIME, THE ISRAELIS RAN INTO RESISTANCE FROM THE REGULAR JORDANIAN ARMY.

    ISRAELI SPOKESMEN ADMITTED TO 15 KILLED AND ABOUT 70 WOUNDED DURING THE FIGHTING. MOST OF THESE MEN WERE LIFTED OUT OF THE BATTLE AREA BY HELICOPTER TO WAITING AMBULANCES. BY NIGHT-FALL, THE ISRAELIS HAD WITHDRAWN THEIR FORCES TO THE WEST BANK OF THE RIVER JORDAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4L5KURJ0R3R89Z6PSD6SRWFW0
    Media URN:
    VLVA4L5KURJ0R3R89Z6PSD6SRWFW0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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