Eight leading Palestinian Arabs, deported by the Israeli authorities earlier this week for allegedly aiding guerrillas, were confronted by armed Israeli soldiers when they tried to cross back over the King Hussein Bridge on Thursday (December 13).
GV Newsmen in fore-ground while Israeli soldiers form cordon across road to bridge
SVs Deportees holding placards claiming deportation illegal (4 shots)
SV Demonstrators distributing pamphlets
SV Deportees arguing with troops
SCU Red Cross representative speaking with troops (2 shots)
SV Bishop Nadim Qubein among people waiting by bridge
SV River Jordan and damaged bridge
SV French attache and others at bridge
SVs Deportees arguing with troops (3 shots)
SV Placards (2 shots)
SV Deportees marching onto bridge
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Background: Eight leading Palestinian Arabs, deported by the Israeli authorities earlier this week for allegedly aiding guerrillas, were confronted by armed Israeli soldiers when they tried to cross back over the King Hussein Bridge on Thursday (December 13).
After being pushed back onto the East Bank by one group of troops -- while other soldiers set up a barricade -- the group of deportees unfurled banners and placards pledging to return and claiming that their deportation had been illegal.
The sight are the first deportations by Israel for more than three years. The action came this week following a series of recent Palestinian guerrilla incidents on the West Bank of Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: Armed Israeli soldiers sealed off the King Hussein Bridge across the River Jordan on Thursday, as a group of leading Palestinian Arabs, deported from the occupied West Bank only three days earlier, tried to cross back to their homes. They were arguing that they had been deported without being charged or tried, and that the Israeli action was therefore illegal.
But their arguments made no impression o the Israeli troops -- and a Red Cross representative was called in to mediate while the bridge stayed closed.
A Bishop and a French diplomat wore among the people presented crossing during the four-hour closure of the bridge.
The Palestinians are the first people to be deported by Israel during the past three years. At one point a scuffle developed as the eight men tried to force their way past the Israeli troops guarding the bridge.
The eight Palestinians had told newsmen that they had been forced at gunpoint to make their way to the East Bank after being arrested at their homes at midnight on Sunday. The action followed a series of recent Palestine guerrilla incidents on the West Bank. All sight men deported say they'll make further efforts to return.