In France, Arab gunmen how stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris on Wednesday (5 September) and seized about a dozen hostages were still holding out after midnight, the deadline at which they'd threatened to blow up the Embassy if their demands weren't met.
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Background: In France, Arab gunmen how stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris on Wednesday (5 September) and seized about a dozen hostages were still holding out after midnight, the deadline at which they'd threatened to blow up the Embassy if their demands weren't met.
The gunmen -- police now think there are five or six of them -- identified themselves only as members of the "Punishment Organisation." They burst into the Embassy near the Bois de Boulogne apart at ten-o-clock local time (09.00 G.M.T.) and then demanded a plane to fly themselves and their hostages to an Arab country.
They also wanted Arab Heads of State at the non-aligned Summit in Algiers to arrange the freeing of Abu Daud, an Arab guerrilla leader imprisoned in Jordan.
They set successive deadlines starting at 16.00 hours local time for the provision of the plane under the threat of blowing up the building but these all passed without them doing so.
But they did throw one man -- the Embassy's Chief of Protocol, who police said had tried to cut his wrists -- out of a window. He was taken to hospital badly hurt. Another threat -- to kill one hostage at midnight local time -- was also apparently not carried out.
The French police had to keep crowds away from the Embassy and they brought in their crack anti-terrorist brigade. The French government, throughout a day of negotiations, has refused to allow the gunmen to leave with their hostages.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation has denounced the men and disclaimed all responsibility for the incident.