• Short Summary

    AT SEA, GULF/BAGHDAD, IRAQ/TEHRAN, IRAN

    On May 24, as television pictures became available of tankers damaged by missile attacks in the Gulf, Iraq claimed to have hit "two large enemy targets" in the early morning.

  • Description

    AT SEA - (SOUND) (NBC) (EUROVISION RECORDING)
    1. GV & SV Waters of Gulf seen from patrol vessel; seaman looking through binoculars at ships. (2 SHOTS) 0.09
    2. GV & CU Tankers and shell hole in side of one of them. (2 SHOTS) 0.14
    3. GVs Tanker Sea Saga and other tanker; water pumped out of tanker. (2 SHOTS) 0.20
    4. GV Patrol vessel approaching damaged tanker. 0.24
    5. SVs Damage on tanker. (3 SHOTS) 0.41
    6. GVs US warship on patrol. (3 SHOTS) 0.57
    BAGHDAD (IBTE)
    7. SV Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaking. (SOT) 1.30
    TEHRAN (IRIB) (MUTE)
    8. SV Syrian Vice-President Abdel Halim Khaddam and delegation down steps of plane and greeted by Iranians. 1.43
    9. SVs & GVs PAN INTERIOR Syrian delegation with Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani (in white turban) and others (4 SHOTS) 2.11
    InitialsCC/JRS

    EUROVISION RECORDING
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AT SEA, GULF/BAGHDAD, IRAQ/TEHRAN, IRAN

    On May 24, as television pictures became available of tankers damaged by missile attacks in the Gulf, Iraq claimed to have hit "two large enemy targets" in the early morning. It was believed that referred to ships. If so, it was the first report of any new attack on shipping in the Gulf since a Panamanian merchant ship was reported sunk on May 19. Shipping sources said they had no confirmation of the Iraqi claim. However, as the camera crew travelled along the Gulf, they found Saudi tankers damaged and immobilised. The only moving vessel they saw was a United States warship on patrol. US naval sources confirmed on May 23 to Reuters that the US had a large force of 14 major warships in the Gulf or just outside the Straits of Hormuz, although President Reagan had said the previous day he did not foresee any US military involvement in the Gulf conflict. Reagan said on May 22 the though Gulf wanted to take care or their interests without outside interference. Iraq and Iran have been at war since September 1980. Since Iraq began a blockade of Iran's Kharg Island oil terminal in an effort to wreck the Iranian economy, the conflict has spread with Iraq declaring a wide area of the Northern Gulf a prohibited war zone. It has reported attacking dozens of tankers and other vessels. On May 23 speaking at an army medal awards ceremony, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein vowed that he would not retreat from the blockade and would strike any tanker inside the prohibited zone. He said that Iraq and its Arab allies would be strong enough to destroy Iran if it continued its aggression and would not need US assistance. He added that Iraq would shortly receive new weapons which would enable it to destroy Kharg Island, but gave no further details. On the same day, May 23, a high-level Syrian delegation visited Iran to explore ways of preventing the Gulf conflict from spreading. Syrian Vice-President Abdel-Halim Khaddam and Foreign Farouq al-Shara held talks with Iranian Parliament Speaker Hojatoleslam Hashemi Rafsanjani and Foreign
    Minister Ali Akbar Vellayati. Khaddam told reporters that Syria and Iran agreed on the importance of "exerting efforts to save the area from the dangers of extension of the war". The mission left the following day, carrying undisclosed Iranian proposals for the reduction of tension. Reports from Saudi Arabia and Jordan quoted newspaper editorials expressing satisfaction with the Syrian mediation effort.

    Source: NBC/IBTE/IRIB

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXCHWXE0TZZ0ML26EZFK0KX6U
    Media URN:
    VLVABXCHWXE0TZZ0ML26EZFK0KX6U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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