For the first time since the 1967 Middle East War, telephone links between Egypt and the Gaza strip have been restored.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Gaza telephone exchange in operation.
SV: operator booking calls.
SCU: operator working on switchboard.
CU: operator booking calls (2 shots)
SV: switchboard in operation.
SV: phone rings and woman answers
SV: switchboard operators
SV: woman speaking on telephone. (2 shots)
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Background: For the first time since the 1967 Middle East War, telephone links between Egypt and the Gaza strip have been restored. The first calls were placed on Monday (5 December).
SYNOPSIS: Within the first 24 hours, more than 400 calls had been booked from Gaza as families and friends now living in Israeli-held territory sought to re-establish contacts severed for a decade.
Within hours Gazans were being warned that because of the rush of calls, long delays were expected.
Soon after the telephone link was opened, a delegation of 100 Gazans prepared to leave for Cairo to offer their support for President Sadat's peace initiative.
Many people in Gaza are said to be in favour of Mr Sadat's policy, because they hope it will result in Israel's withdrawal from their town. But not all are prepared to support the Egyptian leader openly. The Mayor of Gaza, following the directive of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, has declined to go to Cairo with the delegation.
But whether or not the officials of Gaza throw their weight behind President Sadat, the new telephone link is seen as a further move towards a return to normal in the Middle East.