• Short Summary

    Cairo, the Egyptian capital, was calm on Sunday (7 October), despite official injunctions to residents to brace for a "long and bitter struggle" with Israel.

  • Description

    Cairo, the Egyptian capital, was calm on Sunday (7 October), despite official injunctions to residents to brace for a "long and bitter struggle" with Israel.

    With fighting confined to the front lines some distance from Cairo, the normal Sunday atmosphere prevailed throughout the city. Despite rationing, there was no rush to hoard food.

    Schools and universities have been closed and young people are being urged to volunteer for civil defence training.

    In cafes and taxis, radios broadcast the latest news of the fighting. In sharp contrast to the extravagance which marked the Sox Day War in 1967, the radio and television coverage of the war is being continued to military communiques, low-key patriotic songs and religious programmes.

    Drivers in Cairo were instructed to paint their headlamps blue, while Mrs. Gehan El Sadat, the wife of President Sadat, supervised preparations for blood transfusions at the Cairo Red Cross Centre.

    The Grand Sheikh of Alazhar -- the Moslem leadership -- exhorted Moslems throughout the world to join in the holy war against "the Zionist aggressors". The head of the large minority of Christians in Egypt, Patriarch Choanate, ordered prayers for the Egyptian armed forces.

    SYNOPSIS: The mood in Cairo on Sunday was restrained as residents went quietly about preparing for what the Egyptian leaders called "a long and bitter struggle" with Israel. Drivers were ordered to paint their headlights blue -- just one of the precautions being taken against possible Israeli air raids.

    In cafes and taxis, radios broadcast the latest news of the fighting. In sharp contrast to the extravagance which marked the 1967 fighting, Egypt's coverage of the war is being confined to military communiques, low-key patriotic songs and religious programmes. There was rationing in Cairo, but no rush to hoard food.

    Announcements of precautions to be taken in case of Israeli air raids brought a sense of immediacy to people in Cairo and other Egyptian centres well behind the battle lines.

    Mrs. Gehan El Sadat, the wife of President Sadat, supervised preparations for blood transfusions at the Cairo Red Cross Centre.

    Schools and universities have been closed down and young people are being urged to volunteer for civil defence training. On Sunday, the Moslem hierarchy in Egypt called on Moslems throughout the World to join in the holy war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4VZ7BKZ7TJ4RA8UF1Q2E734EL
    Media URN:
    VLVA4VZ7BKZ7TJ4RA8UF1Q2E734EL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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