At the height of the fighting between commandos and government forces on Saturday (September 19), Jordanian national television broadcast film showing the strength of the government troops.
At the height of the fighting between commandos and government forces on Saturday (September 19), Jordanian national television broadcast film showing the strength of the government troops. Monitored in Israel, the broadcast showed Jordanian government forces moving over assault course and British-made tanks in the streets of Amman. Superimposed over the televised picture were images of people singing pro-government songs.
In another major move by the Jordanian government on Friday two Royal Jordanian Airlines aircraft were ordered to fly to Nicosia Airport from Beirut for security reasons. The airport at Amman has been closed during the recent fighting and it is not known when it will re-open or how long the airliners would stay in Nicosia. Airport sources said they carried no passengers.
After three days of bitter fighting between Palestinian commandos and Jordanian government troops, the Jordan army commander Field Marshal Habess Majali ordered his troops to cease fire on Saturday afternoon.
A Baghdad-based guerrilla radio station rejected the cease-fire, although there was no comment from the Damascus-based Voice of Palestine, the official commando radio. Late Saturday night, the Voice of Palestine reported that commandos had fired heavy rockets into King Hussein's summer palace just outside Amman.
Reports from the north of Jordan said that government and guerrilla tanks and artillery continued fighting on into Saturday night for control of the vital fedayeen supply route from Syria. Guerrillas captured the town of Ramtha two days ago and secured control of the road into Jordan.