• Short Summary

    THE ISRAELIS ARE BUILDING A STRATEGIC ROAD ALONG THE DEAD SEA SHORES - AND MOST OF THE WORKMEN ON THE JOB ARE REFUGEES FROM THE CAMPS OF GAZA WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED BY THE EGYPTIANS TO WORK FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS.

  • Description

    THE ISRAELIS ARE BUILDING A STRATEGIC ROAD ALONG THE DEAD SEA SHORES - AND MOST OF THE WORKMEN ON THE JOB ARE REFUGEES FROM THE CAMPS OF GAZA WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED BY THE EGYPTIANS TO WORK FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. THE EIN FASH'KHA-EIN GEDDI ROAD FROM JERICHO TO EIN GEDDI, IS ONLY A 32-MILE (51 KILOMETRE) SECTION OF THE ROAD WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY LINK GOLAN HEIGHTS WITH EILAT IN AN ALMOST STRAIGHT LINE.

    THIS IS THE FIRST JOB IN WHICH THE ISRAELIS ARE TRYING OUT THE EXPERIMENT OF USING THE GAZA REFUGEES - EVENTUALLY SOME 500 ARE EXPECTED TO BE ON THE ROAD-WORKS, EARNING A LIVING WAGE AND BECOMING ONCE AGAIN PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.

    ALREADY MILLIONS OF CUBIC METERS OF ROCK HAVE BEEN BLASTED OUT - AND OTHER MILLIONS OF CUBIC METERS OF ROAD SURFACE HAVE BEEN FILLED IN. CATERPILLAR TRACTORS, ROAD SCRAPERS AND LEVELLERS ARE USED - BUT ABOUT ONE HALF OF THE TOTAL EQUIPMENT IN RUSSIAN-MADE, CAPTURED IN SINAI, INCLUDING SEVERAL HEAVY BULLDOZERS.

    THE PROJECT, WHICH COMES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE ISRAELI PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, IS SUPERVISED BY CHIEF ENGINEER EISENBERG. FIELD WORK IS HANDLED BY CLERK OF WORKS JAMIL, CHIEF SURVEYOR ABU YUSSUF (BOTH JEWS), AND CHIEF TIMEKEEPER MOHAMMED (AN ARAB) - ALL THREE ARE FROM JERUSALEM. JAMIL LEARNED HIS TRADE WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (RAF) AT MAFRAK, AND BUILDING ROADS IN LIBYA, SAUDI ARABIA, KUWAIT AND JORDAN; YUSSUF WORKED PREVIOUSLY AT KALLANDIA; AND MOHAMMED WAS TRAINED BY JAMIL ON SITE.

    IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE COMPLETE ROAD WILL BE FINISHED IN ABOUT A YEAR'S TIME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7P3EQCL6WNFP3K9V79387KYCV
    Media URN:
    VLVA7P3EQCL6WNFP3K9V79387KYCV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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