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    Most of Egypt's Olympic contingent returned from Munich Wednesday (6 September), the day after the Arab guerrilla raid against the Israeli Team.

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    Most of Egypt's Olympic contingent returned from Munich Wednesday (6 September), the day after the Arab guerrilla raid against the Israeli Team.

    The Syrian Team also arrived with them on a special Egyptian aircraft sent to Munich earlier in the day to bring the athletes back.

    The decision toe withdraw from the Games was taken as a precaution so that lives of Arab athletes would not be endangered, team members said.

    Members of the Egyptian Team said that despite the guerrilla attack they were treated kindly int he Olympic Village.

    Wednesday evening Egyptian Ministers held a special session to discuss the events in Munich.

    SYNOPSIS: A special Egyptian aircraft arrived in Cairo on Wednesday carrying members of the Egyptian and Syrian Olympic Team members. They returned from Munich after the Arab guerrilla raid that killed eleven members of the Israeli Team. The decision to withdraw from the Games was announced to have been taken as a precaution so that the lives of Arab athletes would not be endangered.

    Not all of the Egyptian contingent returned on the flight -- four Egyptian officials and two referees remained in Munich to finish out their duties with the Games. A team spokesman praised their treatment before they left, but criticised the lack of press coverage for Egyptian attempts to mediate with the guerrillas.

    The return of the Egyptian Team and the incidents in Munich were among the subjects discussed at a special meeting of Egyptian Ministers Wednesday afternoon in Cairo.

    The Minister of Foreign Trade, Mohamed Merziban was the first to arrive followed shortly by the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr. Aziz Sidky.

    The Egyptian Government had been involved in consultations with the West Germans as attempts were going on to save the Israeli hostages. No official statement was made by the Egyptian Government on the disaster, although the Egyptian press was strong in its comments on the shooting. A columnist in Al Ahram, the authoritative Egyptian daily, accused the West German police of a "treacherous ambush" and denied that the Arab guerrillas had intended to kill their Israeli hostages.

    The Ministers also had to decide how the Munich tragedy would affect diplomatic relations with West Germany which had just been re-established.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6X2KVU66T01VRZNBAYA47PXKU
    Media URN:
    VLVA6X2KVU66T01VRZNBAYA47PXKU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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