• Short Summary

    The gang of pro-Palestinian guerrillas holding oil ministers from eleven countries in the OPEC headquarters in Vienna have demanded a fully fuelled jet to fly them out of Austria.

  • Description

    The gang of pro-Palestinian guerrillas holding oil ministers from eleven countries in the OPEC headquarters in Vienna have demanded a fully fuelled jet to fly them out of Austria.

    The band shot their way into the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries building at 10.40 a.m. (GMT) and seized the ministers, and between 60 and 70 other people in the building.

    The guerrillas sprayed the building with machine gun fire as they took the hostages. Two Austrian detectives and an Iraqi security guard were shot dead.

    Among the eleven ministers being held are Iranian Interior Minister Jamshid Amouzegar, and Saudi Arabian Minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani.

    Oil or other ministers from Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Venezuela are also known to be inside.

    The attack was the most spectacular seizure of government officials by any guerrilla group.

    The seven guerrillas, including a girl, have said they belong to a group called the "Arm of the Arab Revolution".

    One of the guerrillas was shot in the stomach during the raid and is seriously ill in hospital. His comrades have said they wanted him back, dead or alive, by 7 a.m. (local time) the following morning.

    The guerrillas left a seven page statement in a public lavatory in Geneva. The statement said the group wanted to "confront a conspiracy aimed at obtaining recognition for the legality of Zionist presence in our territory".

    The guerrillas have demanded a bus with curtained windows to take them to Vienna airport at 7 a.m. and a fully fuelled DC-9 to take them and the hostages to a place yet to be decided.

    The Palestine Liberation Organisation has denounced the attack.

    SYNOPSIS: The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries building in Vienna, where six terrorists, including a girl, are holding oil ministers from eleven countries and between sixty and seventy other people, hostage.

    The guerrillas, who call themselves members of the "Arm of the Arab Revolution" say they will start shooting their captives unless demands they have made, are met. Their hostages include Iranian Interior Minister, Jamshid Amouzegar and Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani. Top ministers from Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Venezuela are also inside the building.

    The guerrillas have threatened to blow up their hostages if the building is attacked. They are demanding a bus to take them and their hostages to Vienna airport and a DC-9 jet to fly them out of the country. They also want back one of their comrades, shot in the stomach during the raid, and seriously ill in hospital, when they leave for the airport.

    Three people - two Austrian detectives, and an Iraqi security guard, were shot dead when the guerrillas burst in on the conference between the OPEC ministers. The ministers were in the second day of a long arg over oil price differentials.

    Austrian Security Chief Oswald Peterluger took charge of negotiations, by radio, with the guerrillas. They said they had decided "to confront a conspiracy aimed at getting recognition for the legality of Zionist presence in our territory".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8HPA7LPN3ZIC5T5RA99B9BZ7R
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HPA7LPN3ZIC5T5RA99B9BZ7R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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