• Short Summary

    Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday (25 November) that its security forces had retaken the Grand Mosque in Mecca, by driving into the courtyard and spraying bullets in to doorways and arches.

  • Description

    Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday (25 November) that its security forces had retaken the Grand Mosque in Mecca, by driving into the courtyard and spraying bullets in to doorways and arches. Moslem extremists seized the Mosque last Tuesday (20 November) reportedly to try to force the recognition of a Mahdi, the Messiah Moslems believe will come to lead them. A Ministry official made no statement on the fate of the reported hostages but said the full story would be made public after interrogation of the captured extremists, and their acclaimed Messiah. However, it's believed at least fifty people were killed or injured during the five day seige. The former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saed Salam, on his return to Beirut from Saudi Arabia, was interviewed about Soviet reports that the Americans had been involved.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAASDF5G00D0MWBIRZ5HISCY8BD
    Media URN:
    VLVAASDF5G00D0MWBIRZ5HISCY8BD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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