More Palestinian guerrillas, fleeing from the army round-up in Jordan, surrender to their traditional enemies, the Israelis, yesterday (Wednesday) Visnews cameramen were ready at two crossing points to film the guerrillas as they first entered Israeli-held territory.
LV River Jordan
LV Guerrillas making their way up from river
SV Israeli soldiers signalling
LV Guerrillas seated with arms raised
SV Soldier searching guerrilla
V & SV Guerrillas being searched by soldiers & given water (3 shots)
SV Another guerrilla with raised hands
SV PAN Guerrillas
GV Israeli trucks PAN TO guerrillas by roadside
SV Israeli speaking over telephone
SV PAN Guerrillas into truck
CU Israeli soldier looks on
SV Truck leaving
SV PULL OUT Yarmuk River
SV Wounded guerrilla
SV Israeli armoured vehicle
CU Guerrilla blind-folded
CU Israeli looks through binoculars
SV Soldier & guerrilla
GV Guerrilla talks to newsmen
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Background: More Palestinian guerrillas, fleeing from the army round-up in Jordan, surrender to their traditional enemies, the Israelis, yesterday (Wednesday) Visnews cameramen were ready at two crossing points to film the guerrillas as they first entered Israeli-held territory.
In the Jordan Valley, Rolf Kneller captured a minute-by-minute account of the surrender of nine guerrillas -- from the time the group first climbed into sight up the river bank to their being searched and driven away by the Israelis.
In the Golan Heights, Itzchack Herbst filmed the surrender of two guerrillas who had apparently been wounded during fighting with the Jordanian Army. One, wounded in the leg, was blindfolded for security purposes before being driven away. The other, with a slight arm wound, was allowed to talk to newsmen before being taken for official interrogation.
The total number of guerrillas who have sought refuge from the Israelis yesterday passed the 80 mark. The Israeli government is still considering their status. There have been suggestions that they might eventually be released on probation.
SYNOPSIS: The River Jordan. For many Palestinian guerrillas like this nine-man group fleeing from the Jordanian Army, the river marks a place or refuge. Their aim is to surrender to their traditional enemies -- the Israelis. By Wednesday, when this film was shot, the total of Palestinians fleeing into Israeli-held territory had passed the eighty-mark. Each member of the nine-man group who crossed the Jordan was searched by the Israelis. But they were found to be unarmed, and they were allowed to keep their possessions except for their Fatah membership cards and other official documents.
Under initial interrogation, the guerrillas said that they had been in the vicinity of the river for ten days, and had spent the previous two days hiding from the Jordanian army. One of the group had been wounded, with a bullet in his leg and splinters of a grenade in his stomach. He said he had been hit during fighting with the Jordanians.
As the new batch of prisoners were driven off for further interrogation, the Israeli government was discussing the future of the guerrillas. There have been suggestions that they might eventually be released on probation.
The Yarmuk River, in the Golan Heights, was another crossing area for guerrillas on Wednesday.
This Palestinian had been wounded in the leg during fighting with the Jordanian Army some days earlier. The Israelis gave him first aid, then blindfolded him for security purposes before driving him away for further questioning.
At the same time, soldiers brought in another guerrilla who had been wounded in the arm. He got a chance to speak to newsmen before being taken away. He gave his age as twenty and said that he, too, had been wounded in the Jordan fighting.