• Short Summary

    GUERRILLA LEADER YASSER ARAFAT'S ARMED COMMANDOS ARE STILL IN STRONG EVIDENCE THROUGHOUT THE STREETS OF AMMAN.

  • Description

    GUERRILLA LEADER YASSER ARAFAT'S ARMED COMMANDOS ARE STILL IN STRONG EVIDENCE THROUGHOUT THE STREETS OF AMMAN. THE COMMANDOS HAVE COME TO A PEACEFUL AGREEMENT WITH KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN, BUT AL FATAH, THE MOST POWERFUL OF THE ARAB GUERRILLA ORGANISATIONS, HAS CALLED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW NATIONAL GOVERNMENT IN JORDAN AND A CHANGE IN THE ARMY COMMAND.

    MANY OF THE COMMANDOS PATROLLING AMMAN CARRY RIFLES AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS STILL, BUT AL FATAH OFFICIALS SAY ONLY MEN ON SPECIAL DUTIES ARE ARMED. JORDANIAN MILITARY POLICE REGULARLY STOP ARMED COMMANDOS AND CHECK THEIR PAPERS, AND ALTHOUGH THOSE COMMANDOS WITHOUT THE PROPER CREDENTIALS ARE ARRESTED, GENERALLY THE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE POLICE AND AL FATAH MEN ARE FRIENDLY AND CO-OPERATIVE.

    AL FATAH, LED BY MR. ARAFAT AND THE MOST ACTIVE OF THE FEDAYEEN GUERRILLA GROUPS, SAYS THAT UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP IN JORDAN ENJOYED THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE, THE COUNTRY WOULD BE TORN BY REPEATED CRISES, WHICH POSSIBLY COULD GET OUT OF CONTROL.

    THE JORDANIAN ARMY IS HEADED BY SHERIF NASSER BEN JAMIL, UNCLE OF KING HUSSEIN. MANY GUERRILLAS REGARD HIM AS AN OPPONENT OF THEIR MOVEMENT, AND ALSO DENOUCE JORDAN'S INFORMATION MINISTER, SALAH ABOU ZEID.

    IN A STATEMENT PUBLISHED RECENTLY IN AMMAN, THE GUERRILLAS CLAIM CERTAIN JORDANIAN OFFICIALS PLANNED TO LIQUIDATE AL FATAH TO OBTAIN A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT WITH ISRAEL. THE GUERRILLAS ARE OPPOSED TO ANY SETTLEMENT SHORT OF COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL.

    MR. ARAFAT MADE IT CLEAR IN HIS RECENT PRESS CONFERENCE IN AMMAN THAT AL FATAH HAD NO WISH TO MEDDLE WITH THE INTERNAL GOVERNMENT MATTERS OF ANY ARAB COUNTRY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC9W22XOPXC0W0LSMELHZRLHR0
    Media URN:
    VLVAC9W22XOPXC0W0LSMELHZRLHR0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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