In Jerash, former stronghold of the Palestinian commando movement, scores of Fatah guerrillas were undergoing final interrogation yesterday (Wednesday) prior to release by the Jordanian authorities.
In Jerash, former stronghold of the Palestinian commando movement, scores of Fatah guerrillas were undergoing final interrogation yesterday (Wednesday) prior to release by the Jordanian authorities. They were among the 2,300 men captured in the round-up of guerrillas by the Jordanian Army this week.
Visnews cameraman George Haj filmed guerrillas who were under investigation at the Royal Police Academy in Jerash. Haj reports that the release of 300 Fatah men held at the Academy had been expected, but was delayed. Later, though, Jordanian authorities announced that a total of 1,500 guerrillas had been released.
Another angle on the Palestinian predicament is featured in our Production No. 8346/71 ISRAEL: PALESTINIAN GUERRILLAS--SOME WOUNDED IN JORDAN FIGHTING--SURRENDER TO ISRAELIS (SOUND), also serviced today.
SYNOPSIS: A few day ago, the town of Jerash was a stronghold of the Palestinian guerrillas in Jordan. But by Wednesday, with the power of the Fatah smashed by the Jordanian Army, most of the guerrillas had been herded into the Royal Police Academy under a heavy army guard. Several hundred guerrillas were being held at the Academy for formal interrogation. Altogether, twenty-three hundred commandos were reported captured during this week's round-up in Jordan.
These commandos are some of the three-hundred lining up for final interrogation prior to their promised release. Later on Wednesday, the Jordanian authorities announced they had released a total of fifteen-hundred guerrillas throughout the country. Four-hundred were being repatriated to Syria and a similar number to other Arab countries. The remainder were making their homes in the Jordanian capital, Amman, or in other areas of the country. The authorities said that a further two-hundred men were being detained as suspected criminals or anti-Jordanian agitators. They were likely to be jailed or deported.