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    Fierce fighting in the
    Jordanian capital of Amman has reduced the once gracious city to a corpse-strewn

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    Fierce fighting in the
    Jordanian capital of Amman has reduced the once gracious city to a corpse-strewn
    battlefield. According to journalists who reached Beirut today (Wednesday), half
    a million people in the Jordanian capital are living in terror and starvation.

    Hundreds of dwellings lie flattened by the heavy guns which have been constantly
    firing since the start of King Hussein's war on the Arab commandos.

    The dead are sprawled out in the streets of the city and the wounded cry for

    The exact death toll in the fighting is still unknown, but some estimates have
    placed it at up to 20 thousand.

    Food is in desperately short supply, there is no electricity, no mains water, no
    telephones and there are rising fears of an epidemic.

    Journalists caught up in the fighting underwent many of the privations forced
    upon the Amman population. The curfew meant that the venture outside would have
    left them to be shot on sight.

    For most of the foreign newsmen this means staying in the city's
    Intercontinental Hotel which is on a hilltop with commanding views of Amman.

    It's also a good target, and came under fire many times.

    The newsmen and other foreign refugees in the hotel watched as the Army
    systematically moved through the city, seeking out and destroying all suspected
    commando strongholds.

    Scarcely a part of the city escaped destruction. Buildings crumbled under the
    heavy artillery and mortar fire.

    At first the commandos tried to storm the Intercontinental Hotel. Its commanding
    position over the city would have provided an excellent strongpoint. It took
    King Hussein's army two days of heavy fighting to beat them away from the

    The heaviest fighting of all appeared to be on the hills of Jebel Hussein and
    Jebel Wahdat, both of them crowded with Palestinian refugee camps. These camps
    are used by the commandos as strongholds.

    The exclusive Jebel Amman district, where the Intercontinental is situated,
    suffered a severe pounding.

    Elegant mansions were holed and burned out. Foreign embassies were battered and
    raked by gunfire.

    Inside the hotel, the newsmen and other guests were living in cramped
    conditions, ever-aware of the fighting around them. For most of the time their
    only nourishment comprised tea, rice and what one journalist described as
    "horrible" meat.

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