Arab guerrillas made additional demands on Monday (7 September) for the release of the male passengers still aboard two hijacked jetliners down in the Jordanian desert.
Arab guerrillas made additional demands on Monday (7 September) for the release of the male passengers still aboard two hijacked jetliners down in the Jordanian desert. A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine outlined their conditions at a news conference in Amman.
Earlier 80 women, children and old people were freed because the commandos felt they could not withstand another night in the desert. Originally the guerrillas said the remainder of the passengers would be released if Switzerland freed three Front commandos held for attacking an Israeli airliner in February last year. The Swiss agreed.
On Monday the Commandos also demanded the release of Leila Khalid now in Britain after the unsuccessful hijack bid on an El Al airliner on Sunday (September 6). They also want the body of her male colleague killed in the attempt returned to Amman.
They further insisted on the release of three of their men held in West Germany following an attack on a busload of Israeli airline passengers last February.
A third condition was that all men holding dual Israeli and United States nationality would be freed only when Israel released some of the 3,000 commandos now in Israeli jails. The commandos did not specify how many man they wanted freed.