• Short Summary

    On Tuesday morning (18th December), the Arab world reacted overwhelmingly and vehemently to news of the Arab guerrilla attack on Rome's Fiumicino Airport in which thirty-one people died.

  • Description

    On Tuesday morning (18th December), the Arab world reacted overwhelmingly and vehemently to news of the Arab guerrilla attack on Rome's Fiumicino Airport in which thirty-one people died.

    Jordan denounced the attack as "a criminal and barbaric act." Algeria condemned the hijacking as "a mad odyssey", and an Egyptian spokesman termed it "tragic, saddening and senseless." Even the Palestine Commando leadership in Beirut, Lebanon, said the hijacking was directed against the interests of the palestinian people.

    Most people in Beirut were disgusted by the guerrilla attack and the newspapers were adamant in their condemnation of the terrorists, whose operation began in Rome, moved to Athens with further threats to hostages. Then Beirut International Airport was closed to all traffic to prevent the Lufthansa Boeing 737 landing there after leaving Athens. The aircraft's Dutch Captain, Joe Kroese, asked for permission to land in Beirut because the 'plane was running short of fuel.

    Troops moved in, blocking runways and clearing all aircraft from the area. The Lebanese Minister of the Interior, Mr. Bahige Takyeddine, supervised the operation as the hijacked airliner circled overhead.

    The Lufthansa 'plane -- with the five hijackers and twelve hostages -- was forced to move on to Damascus to refuel. From there, the aircraft flew on to Kuwait, where -- despite again being refused permission to land -- the hijacked 'plane finally set down on a sand track near the airport, almost out of fuel.

    Tuesday night, the drama was over. The Arab guerrillas released their hostages and were arrested by Kuwait police, without a fight.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6KKO35KCBWT2QP2L0ZXCAN3F5
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KKO35KCBWT2QP2L0ZXCAN3F5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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