For the first time in three years, the Spanish authorities on Friday (20 Oct.) opened the frontier gates with Gibraltar.
SV Spanish Civil Guard releasing chain across road and opening frontier gate to show ambulance (3 shots)
SV & CU Sick women carried to ambulance, which drives away through gate (7 shots)
SV Police vehicle goes past
MV Woman's daughter allowed across frontier
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Background: For the first time in three years, the Spanish authorities on Friday (20 Oct.) opened the frontier gates with Gibraltar.
This was to allow a sick woman, Mrs. Lourdes Culato, who was in Spain, to rejoin her family in Gibraltar. Mrs. Culato, who is over 80 years of age, was taken up to the gates in a Spanish Red Cross ambulance. She was transferred to another ambulance waiting on the Gibraltar side of the frontier and conveyed to hospital.
Mrs. Culato's daughter, who had been in Spain with her mother was also allowed to cross the frontier.
The gates between Gibraltar and Spain have been closed since July 1969, when General Franco withdrew the Spanish labour force from the Rock because of a dispute with Britain over the future status of the territory.