On Wednesday (19 September), the bulk of the political prisoners granted amnesty by King Hussein were released.
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Background: On Wednesday (19 September), the bulk of the political prisoners granted amnesty by King Hussein were released. Some 764 detainees -- most of them Palestinian Commandos -- were originally to be released but on Thursday (20 September) the Jordanian Government announced that as many as 400 more prisoners may be set free.
Most of the prisoners had been in detention since the Jordanian army closed down the guerrilla bases in Jordan in heavy fighting during 1970 and 1971.
There were joyous scenes of dancing and tearful reunions as families who had waited outside the prison walls for many hours were reunited with the released men.