Wahdat refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, once home for seventy-five thousand Palestinian refugees, is now an evil-smelling wreck after the week-long bombardment it received from the Jordanian army during the civil war.
SV Damaged buildings and lorries etc. (2 shots)
SV Children and refugees
GV Wreckage of buildings and cars (3 shots)
SCU Refugee being interviewed
GV's buildings with shell-holes, wrecked jeep and more buildings (4 shots)
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REPORTER: "This is a shell?"
REPORTER: "It came through here?"
REFUGEE: "Yes, through here".
REPORTER: "And smashed the wall?"
REFUGEE: "Yes, it broke the wall, round about the babies."
REPORTER: "The babies in the room?"
REFUGEE: "Yes the babies were in the room, and they cried, and...from here."
REPORTER: "The babies, were they killed?"
REFUGEE: "Not killed."
REPORTER: "Were many people killed here?"
REPORTER: "In this area?"
REFUGEE: "In this house."
REPORTER: "Why were the army shelling here, were there Fedayeen here?"
REFUGEE: "The army wanted to destroy the (garbled word).
REPORTER: "The Fedayeen were hiding here, were they?"
REFUGEE: "They came here, they entered the house."
REPORTER: "And so the army shelled the house?"
REFUGEE: "Yes, shelled the house."
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Background: Wahdat refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, once home for seventy-five thousand Palestinian refugees, is now an evil-smelling wreck after the week-long bombardment it received from the Jordanian army during the civil war.
Hundreds of guerrillas were reported to have taken refugee in the camp, and in flushing them out, the Jordanian army devasted its buildings.
The people have returned to Wahdat to pick up the threads of a meagre life. They must endure dirt and smell, having no water to spare for washing or sanitation.
The stench of death was still in the air days after the cease-fire came to the camp, mingling with that of the chlorine medical teams were using to fight the threat of disease....a battle that looked like being won.
Casualties must have been heavy in an area where people lived a dozen or more to a room, although there is no way of calculating their number.
These Palestinians have been through similar experiences before, in Gaza and on the West Bank, when they fled from the Israelis.
Yet one refugee told a reporter that even the Israelis would not have done this to them. He talked outside a small room which was home fora number of adults and children.
One of the casualties of the bombardment, now a battle-scarred shell with no water and no electricity, was a hospital completed only a few months ago.
The Jordanian army fought pitched battles with guerrillas entrenched round it, and the building was pounded with shell-fire. Miraculously, not one of its patients was killed.
Now its surgeon, with the help of the Red Cross and its supplies, has been able to put its operating theatre into action again.