On Sunday (19 March), Israeli authorities held a news conference in Tel Aviv at which a captured member of the Palestinian guerrilla raid into Israel gave details of the operation.
SV Captured guerrilla gives news conference
GV Reporters asking questions
SV Guerrilla continues news conference ZOOM INTO CU
SV Israeli official listening
GV & ZOOM TO SV Rubber tyres burning
GV Palestinian youths assembled in the street
GV PAN Israeli soldiers chasing youths down street
SV PULL BACK TO GV Two Israeli soldiers running down back alley
GV Civilians watching from nearby flats
GVs Palestinian youths being led away by Israeli troops (2 shots)
GV West Bank area returned to relative peace
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Background: On Sunday (19 March), Israeli authorities held a news conference in Tel Aviv at which a captured member of the Palestinian guerrilla raid into Israel gave details of the operation. At the same time, Israeli security forces on the West bank had to contend with rioting Arab youths who were protesting against the Israeli incursion into Lebanon. At the Tel Aviv news conference, the captured Palestinian told newsmen the purpose of the raid into Israel which left 35 civilians dead.
SYNOPSIS: The teenage guerrilla was named as Hussein Ibrahim Mahmoud Fayad, one of the group of eleven which came ashore north of Tel Aviv on Saturday (11 March). He told newsmen the gang had intended to kill as many people as possible. Their orders had been to take over a hotel, seize hostages, and demand the release of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.
Fayad said he and the other guerrillas were ready to kill everybody: "Men, women and children, and ourselves as well, if our demands were not met." He said he himself had joined the Fatah guerrilla organisation in June last year, and had been taught how to use Russian-made Kalashnikov rifles, and how to fire rocket-launchers. The 18-year-old Palestinian said he did not know if he had actually killed any of the 35 civilians who died in the he-jacked bus drama. Most of his answers were non-committal, but he did say he had been well treated since his capture.
Meanwhile hundreds of Arab youths living in towns in the occupied West Bank area started spontaneous demonstrations and riots in protest against the Israeli move into south Lebanon. Security troops in several West Bank towns had to break up gangs of rioters who ran through the streets stoning vehicles and setting fire to piles of old tyres. In Ramallah, the patrols rounded up several ringleaders, but many of the demonstrators managed to escape down narrow back-streets.
The youths persuaded many shop-keepers in Ramallah and other West Bank towns to close their businesses, but security forces ordered them to reopen, and after some tense hours, things returned to normal.