ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Hijackers holding one hundred and eight people hostage on board a Somali airliner at Ethiopia's main airport, have extended their deadline yet again.
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
1. GV Hijacked Somali Airlines plane on tarmac with soldiers in foreground 0.05
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3. GVs Armoured personnel carrier on runway PAN TO plane (2 shots) 0.40
4. SV Soldier with machine gun 0.44
5. SV PULL BACK TO GV Red Cross team boarding plane; plane 0.55
6. GVs Security around plane (2 shots) 1.03
7. GV Ambulance alongside plane 1.06
8. SV PULL BACK TO GV Armoured personnel carrier 1.10
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Background: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Hijackers holding one hundred and eight people hostage on board a Somali airliner at Ethiopia's main airport, have extended their deadline yet again. The Somali gunmen said on November 26 their government now had until eight a.m. the following morning (0500 GMT) to meet their demands or they would blow up the plane. They were demanding freedom for thirteen prisoners held in Somali jails and reprieves for seven youths due to be executed for anti-state activities. During the previous day International Red Cross representatives boarded the plane at the request of the Somali government to check on the welfare of the hostages. The captives, including two Italians, three Yemenis and an American, had been told held in the stifling heat of Ethiopia's dry season since the morning of November 24. All were believed to be men. The hijackers released nineteen women, children and elderly people during the plane's first day on the Addis Ababa airport tarmac. Tight security was maintained around the Boeing 707 jet as negotiations, said to be extremely difficult stage, continued between the five gunmen and a team led by the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Goshu Wolde. An ambulance stood by the plane and two buses, capable of carrying a hundred people, were parked at the airport gate, increasing speculation of an end to the hijack. The situation was, however, complicated by poor relations between Ethiopia and Somalia. Ethiopia backs rebel groups fighting to overthrow the Somali government which, in turn, claims the desert region of South East Ethiopia as part of its territory.
Source: REUTERS - TAFESSE JARRA