• Short Summary

    With the streets of Amman the scene of bloody conflict between the Palestinian commandos and King Hussein's troops on Thursday (Sept. 17) fighting was reported to have broken out in other towns throughout northern Jordan.

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    With the streets of Amman the scene of bloody conflict between the Palestinian commandos and King Hussein's troops on Thursday (Sept. 17) fighting was reported to have broken out in other towns throughout northern Jordan.

    The Commander-in-Chief of the Jordanian army announced that his forces were in full control of Amman and offered the guerrillas a chance to "save their lives". The commandos rejected the offer and announced the appointment of three administrative governors for "liberated" north Jordan.

    Amid the conflicting statements by the authorities and the commandos, it was impossible to determine the real tactical position either in the capital or in the towns to the north.

    Among the towns where fighting was the heaviest were Zurka and Irbid, site of the largest Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.

    The two big Palestinian camps at Zurka have been a flashpoint for fighting between the Jordanian army and commandos several times recently. The refugee camps are very close to big army camp and even before heavy fighting broke out on Thursday, fire had been exchanged between the two groups. Rockets and mortars had been thrown back and forth.

    Injuries and deaths have been reported in both camps. Child refugees have been among the injured. According to the commandos, mortar fragments have been hitting homes at night.

    More than 30 injured were admitted to local hospitals in recent clashes and still more have joined them since Thursday's outbreak of fighting.

    In the town of Irbid, similar clashes have been reported and Palestine guerrillas were continuing to carry arms in the streets despite a directive from King Hussein that they hand over their arms to their leaders.

    The commandos have denounced the new military regime set up by the King, telling their members to hold on to their guns in case of trouble. The commandos have warned other Arab governments that if there was a bloodbath in Jordan it would not be their fault.

    In Israeli-occupied Jerusalem, on the west bank of Jordan, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- the group responsible for last week's airline hijackings -- called for strikes and demonstrations to protest the recent round-up by the Israeli authorities of Arab suspects in the occupied zones.

    There was little response to the call for strikes except in four refugee camps in the Gaza strip, although a former Jordanian Minister of Defence and Ambassador to London expressed his regrets about the round-up.

    SYNOPSIS: With the streets of Amman the scene of bloody conflict between the Palestinian commandos and King Hussein's troops on Thursday, fighting was reported to have broken out in other towns throughout northern Jordan. Amid the conflicting statements by authorities and the commandos, it was impossible to determine the real tactical position either in the capital or in the towns to the north.

    Among the towns where fighting was heaviest were Zurka and Irbid, site of the largest Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. The refugee camps are close to a big army camp, and rocket and mortar exchanges have been reported. Child refugees have been among the injured and even before Thursday's outbreak more than 30 injured civilians had been admitted to local hospitals.

    In Israeli-occupied Jerusalem, there were calls for strikes to protest the recent Israeli round-up of Arab suspects. A former Jordanian Minister of Defence and Ambassador to London expressed his views on the round-up:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA546BNBZC3AKGR22YT0AVF6PPP
    Media URN:
    VLVA546BNBZC3AKGR22YT0AVF6PPP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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