A rescue airlift to Beirut is building up to bring foreigners out of battered Amman -- now a corpse-strewn battlefield -- as King Hussein's troops seek to push north in their biggest offensive of the war.
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GV Ambulance away
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SV Stretcher carried down steps
SV Child carried down steps
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Background: A rescue airlift to Beirut is building up to bring foreigners out of battered Amman -- now a corpse-strewn battlefield -- as King Hussein's troops seek to push north in their biggest offensive of the war.
On Wednesday (23 September), about 35 wounded Palestinians and Jordanians arrived in Beirut aboard a special Red Cross aircraft from Amman.
A party of foreign journalists arrived on the same aircraft.
A party of 30 people -- 21 members of the British community and nine U.S. personnel -- also flew out on Wednesday (23 September) from Amman.
Two chartered flights were ready in Beirut on Thursday (24 September) to fly to Amman to collect non-essential members of the U.S. Embassy and American wives of local citizens among the 400 Americans still in the country.
Other foreigners wishing to leave will also be brought out.
At the same time, a second British plane was expected to fly in during the day from Cyprus with medical supplies -- and bring out more British women and children.
More planes were standing by to fly in medical supplies -- but with the fighting continuing each trip was fraught with danger.
Moves to bring peace have stalled before the big guns in Jordan, with Palestine guerrilla Chief Yasser Arafat repudiating a peace agreement negotiated by a Cairo peace team in Amman with four Fedayeen leaders.
Reports from the North Jordanian border town of Ramtha said on Wednesday that troops of the Palestine Liberation Army, the regular forces of the Palestinian Resistance Movement, had pulled back six miles (10 km) after Jordanian tanks, artillery and aircraft had opened their big offensive with a 16-hour bombardment.