Three Arab guerrillas flew out of Orly Airport in Paris on Monday (20 January) after releasing 10 hostages they had held ???
Three Arab guerrillas flew out of Orly Airport in Paris on Monday (20 January) after releasing 10 hostages they had held ??? airport washroom for nearly 18 hours.
The guerrillas -- who earlier had been thwarted in an attempt to attack an Israeli airliner with a bazooka-type rocket-launcher -- were permitted to leave on an Air France Boeing 707 following night-long negotiations with the French Interior Minister and the Egyptian Ambassador to France.
During the negotiations, they said they were members of the Mohammed Boudia Commando, a group named after a pro-Palestinian Algerian assassinated in Paris two years ago. The same group claimed responsibility for a similar bazooka attempt on another Israeli 'plane at Orly a week Arafat denied any link with them, condemned what it called "the criminal incidents" at Orly, and said it would ask that the three guerrillas be handed over to the P.L.O. "to be duly punished."
The hostages were freed in three groups after the Egyptian Ambassador, Mr Naguib Kadry, entered the negotiations at Orly. He had been summoned to the airport by Interior Minister Michel Poniatowski, who later told a press conference: "If there had been no hostages, we would have acted differently."
All the hostages were unharmed -- but 20 other persons were injured in the grenade attack and gunfire that turned the Orly South departure area into a bloodstained battlefield after the rocket assault was foiled.
An Air-France spokesman said a pilot, a co-pilot and a flight engineer were on the getaway 'plane with the guerrillas.