Red Cross aircraft carrying more refugees and wounded from Jordan arrived at Beirut airport, Lebanon, yesterday (26 Sept).
Red Cross aircraft carrying more refugees and wounded from Jordan arrived at Beirut airport, Lebanon, yesterday (26 Sept). On board one of the aircraft was the coffin carrying the body of the soviet cameraman killed during the fighting in Amman.
As King Hussein's forces regain control in Amman and other parts of Jordan aid aircraft have been flying in to Amman carrying urgently needed food and medical supplies. On the return flights to Beirut the aircraft carry seriously wounded victims of the fighting in the Jordanian capital and refugees. On arrival at Beirut the wounded are taken by ambulances to hospital.
The Soviet cameraman whose body was carried to Beirut yesterday had been shot while looking out of a hotel window in the centre of Amman.
Beirut airport is the focal point of the airlift to get aid into Jordan. Aircraft from the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent organisation carry supplies from countries contributing to the relief work.
Although sporadic firing was reported to be continuing in Amman Red Cross teams were beginning to reach civilians desperately in need of food, water, and medical supplies. Earlier in the week the aid effort had been hampered by shelling and sniper fire.
Among aid aircraft at Beirut airport was a French Airforce Red Cross transport carrying supplies and a Libyan aid aircraft which was undergoing repairs following an engine burn out during the flight from Amman.
On Sunday, Palestine guerrillas were reported to have fired three rockets into Amman airport as three French relief aircraft were landing.. One of the aircraft was damaged by shrapnel splinters.