NEAR DAMASCUS, SYRIA
INTRODUCTION: In the Middle East, a threat of renewed guerrilla attacks has been made by a Palestinian leader.
NEAR DAMASCUS, SYRIA
REUTERS - MARWAN MAKDESI
SV Fedayeen youth carrying placards, guns and flags marching in procession at night. 0.14
SV Band marching past Mohammed Ghoneim and other officials. 0.28
SV Fedayeen youth carrying rifles trotting past stand of officials. 0.39
SV Fedayeen jumping through hoop of fire. 0.46
CU ZOOM OUT Girl fedayeen conducting bayonet exercises. 0.58
SV Fedayeen men practising unarmed combat. 1.11
GV Shell exploding PAN TO men with rifles taking cover, and man running backwards firing rifle. (2 SHOTS) 1.37
SV PAN FROM Crowd listening TO Mohammed Ghoneim speaking in Arabic. 2.14
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Background: NEAR DAMASCUS, SYRIA
INTRODUCTION: In the Middle East, a threat of renewed guerrilla attacks has been made by a Palestinian leader. Mohammed Ghoneim, speaking on behalf of Yasser Arafat, vowed to attack Arab states which did not embargo oil exports to the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Mohammed Ghoneim's remarks came during a speech to Palestinian recruits at a passing out ceremony at a camp in Syria. More than 2000 guerrillas, aged from nine to sixteen, joined a march-past in from of the Palestinian leader to commemorate their graduation as Fedayeen, or Palestinian fighters.
The young recruits are now members of the youth branch of Fatah, largest of the Palestinian groups, and the group headed by PLO leader Yasser Arafat. They are said to have a fierce of Israel.
Their military training is hard and tough, and girls, as well as boys, take part.
As the Fedayeen recruits continued their training, meeting elsewhere were discussing the recent Israeli attacks on Lebanon. In Tunis, the 21-member countries of the Arab League bitterly condemned the Israeli raids. And in a resolution after the talks, the Arab League warned the United States to reduce its support for Israel or face joint action by the Arab world. The resolution said members had agreed on global measures that might be taken against Israel's supporters but did not specify whether these included a possible oil embargo against the United States.
But in his speech to the recruits, Mohammed Ghoneim attacked the Arab League. Statements and financial resolutions were not enough. Arab states, he said, should send troops to the front line against Israel.
He also called for an Arab oil embargo against the United States. Unless this was done, he said, Palestinian guerrillas would destroy Arab oil installations.
Source: REUTERS - MARWAN MAKDESI