• Short Summary

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

  • Description

    1.
    GV Amman (DAY ONE)
    0.05

    2.
    SV EXT Inter-continental Hotel
    0.10

    3.
    SV PAN Swedish cameraman evacuated
    0.30

    4.
    CU Cameramen
    0.32

    5.
    SV Ambulance away.
    0.40

    6.
    CU Shattered windows (4 shots)
    0.56

    7.
    GV Amman (DAY TWO)
    1.02

    8.
    LV
    PAN Jordanian scout cars through streets (3 shots)
    1.26

    9.
    LV Building on fire
    1.31

    10.
    LV Troops
    patrolling
    1.38

    11.
    GV Amman buildings under fire
    1.41

    12.
    SCU PAN INT Cameramen
    1.44

    13.
    LV Army half track
    1.50

    14.
    CU Shattered
    window
    1.54

    15.
    LV Army truck outside hotel
    1.57

    16.
    SV Reporters take cover
    2.00

    17.
    GV Amman
    2.03

    18.
    LV Scout car patrols
    2.14

    19.
    GV PAN Amman skyline
    2.22

    20.
    SV PAN Shell damaged hotel room
    2.34

    21.
    LV Journalists in hotel foyer
    2.38

    22.
    GV Amman
    skyline.
    2.43

    23.
    SV PAN Journalists eating (4 shots)
    3.10

    24.
    LV Two civilians with white flag shake hands
    with soldier
    3.17

    25.
    GV PAN Amman skyline
    3.26

    26.
    LV PAN Troops in truck
    3.34

    27.
    LV Building on fire
    3.42

    28.
    LV Soldiers
    take cover
    3.45

    29.
    GV PAN Amman skyline
    3.53

    30.
    LV Troops and scout car
    4.03

    31.
    SCU Indian Charge d' Affaire's wife and child PAN TO journalists
    listening to radio (3 shots)
    4.18

    32.
    LV PAN Troops
    in street.
    4.24

    33.
    SV Indian Charge d' Affaire's
    daughter (2 shots)
    4.35

    34.
    LV Civilian trying to
    break into car
    4.43

    35.
    SV Journalists play cards (2
    shots)
    4.54

    36.
    LV Girl looks out through crack (2
    shots)
    4.57

    37.
    SV Jordanian soldier looks into hotel
    5.00

    38.
    GV Journalists
    5.05

    39.
    SV Journalist speaks:
    5.24

    40.
    LV Troops in
    streets
    5.30

    41.
    LV Building on fire with Jordanian
    flag
    5.37

    42.
    LV PAN Scout car through street (2
    shots)
    5.47

    43.
    LV Civilian runs for cover
    5.54

    44.
    LV TILT UP Building on fire
    6.03


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 39: JOURNALIST: "It may well get worst than it is now.
    So a number of people I've talked to in the last 24 hours have been saying isn't
    it time...."



    "....we set up some sort of organisation
    which will make up a composite unit instead of just a group of individuals."




    Initials CP/BHH/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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
    help.

    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
    hotel.

    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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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA80XPAC7DTQMFDZ69ZGL9GDC5D
    Media URN:
    VLVA80XPAC7DTQMFDZ69ZGL9GDC5D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:16:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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