In a twin operation Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli Ambassador's residence in Cyprus, and within the hour struck at an Israeli airliner at Nicosia Airport.
SV PAN Wrecked Israeli Ambassador's home
SV Captured Arab Guerrillas lying on ground & searched
SV People watch as search continues (2 shots)
SV Captured guerrillas held at gunpoint
SV Injured guerrilla on stretcher
SV Injured woman assisted from embassy
CU PAN Bloodstain on road
SV PAN sign Nicosia
GV & SV Damaged plane on tarmac
SV Security guards PAN TO aircraft
GV Aircraft on tarmac
Initials SGM/0119 SGM/0133
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Background: In a twin operation Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli Ambassador's residence in Cyprus, and within the hour struck at an Israeli airliner at Nicosia Airport.
In Monday's (April 9) raids, one Arab was fatally wounded by an Israeli security guard and two Cypriot policemen were shot and wounded by the raiders.
The Israeli Ambassador, Mr. Rahamin Timor, had left his apartment only a minute before the attackers planted a bundle of explosive charges at his front door after shooting the Cypriot policeman on guard there.
The raiders' own car was damaged in the explosion and their attempt to flee in a stolen car was foiled by a police patrol which shot and wounded three of them.
The Ambassador's wife and two children were at home when the bombs exploded. The staircase to the Ambassador's apartment was covered in shattered glass and the door was blown off its hinges. The lower part of the building was demolished. No one was seriously hurt.
Minutes later another group of guerrillas struck at Nicosia Airport. Passengers had just disembarked from the Viscount when the Arabs attacked. One of the aircraft's engines was damaged, but none of the crew were hurt. One of the attackers was killed by an Israeli security guard on the viscount.
Unofficial sources claimed that the Arab commandos intended to hijack another plane to take them to Cairo after the attack on the Israeli turbojet. In the double operation by the guerrillas - believed to be members of an until now unheard of national organisation of Arab Youth - one of the raiders was killed, two were wounded, four others were captured while one escaped. Police later revealed that the raiding party had come from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Sheikhdom of Ras Al Khaimah. Six of the captured men appeared in court on Tuesday(April 10) and were remanded for eight days while police complete their investigations.
President Makarios of Cyprus denounced the attacks in Nicosia and warned that Cyprus would take stop to prevent "such inadmissible acts on its soil". He added that Cyprus had its own problems and did not wish its territory to be used as a battlefield in the Arab-Israeli conflict.