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    (I.D.F. SPOKESMAN) - ON 28 OCTOBER 1975, A GANG OF TERRORISTS BELONGING TO THE 'EL?

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    Q: YOUR NAME, AGE?



    A: MY IS ABD'EL RA??? SALAH MASS'OUD, 25, OF THE 'EL FATAH' ORGANIZATION.



    Q: WHERE?



    Q: IN SYRIA.



    Q: THINK BACK OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS: YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF A SQUAD. WHEN DID THIS MISSION START, AND WHO STARTED IT?



    A: PREPARATIONS STARTED IN MARCH, WHEN I WAS FIRST DETAILED FOR THIS MISSION, AND THAT WAS WHEN THEY REALLY STARTED TO PREPARE IT.



    Q: WHO?



    A: ABU ZIAD, DEPUTY-COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF MILITARY OPERATIONS OF THE FATAH IN SYRIA, TOGETHER WITH LIEUT. COL. ABU EL FACH'R OF THE SYRIAN GENERAL STAFF WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE SYRIAN ARMY'S SPECIAL PATROLS.



    Q: AND THEN SOME MEN WERE CHOSEN FOR THE MISSION?



    A: YES, THEY WERE CHOSEN. THERE WERE FIVE, TWO OF THEM LEFT. ONE, A LEBANESE, RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY THERE, AND THE OTHER RAN OFF TO JORDAN.



    Q: WHY DID THEY RUN AWAY?



    A: BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT TO CARRY OUT THIS KIND OF MISSION.



    Q: AND I UNDERSTAND OU MOVED TO A SPECIAL PLACE FOR TRAINING?



    A: YES, IN THE SUEIDA REGION.



    Q: WHO CHOSE THAT PLACE?



    A: IT WAS CHOSEN INCOORDINATION BETWEEN THE FATAH AND THE SYRIAN COMMAND.



    Q: WHAT IS THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING BEING COORDINATED WITH THEM?



    A: THE SYRIAN COMMAND DEMANDS COORDINATION, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE MILITARY AND POLITICAL UNION BETWEEN THE P.L.O. AND SYRIA.



    Q: YOU, AS A FATAH MEMBER, AND YOUR OTHER COMRADES - COULD YOU MOVE FREELY AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANTED IN SYRIA?



    A: NOT AT ALL, WE ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ANY MOVEMENT INSIDE SYRIA WITHOUT PRIOR COORDINATION WITH SYRIAN INTELLIGENCE, WHICH HAS ADVANCE NOTICE OF ANY MOVEMENT.



    Q: SO YOU ARE FORBIDDEN TO OPERATE ON THE SYRIAN FRONT?



    A: WITHOUT DOUBT.



    Q: HOW LONG DID YOUR TRAINING LAST?



    A: SEVEN MONTHS.



    Q: TRAINING REQUIRING SEVEN MONTHS, FOR THE EXECUTION OF ONE MISSION?



    ???



    Q: HOW LONG DID YOU PREPARE FOR THIS MISSION?



    A: SEVEN MONTHS.



    Q: WHY SO LONG? WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DID YOU RECEIVE?



    A: WE WERE TRAINED IN FIGHTING IN BUILT-UP AREAS. HOUSE-TO-HOUSE FIGHTING, IN THE USE OF EXPLOSIVES AND SABOTAGE MATERIAL. AND WENT ON A NIGHT RECONNAISSANCE PATROL.



    Q: DID YOU SET OUT WITH A DEFINED OBJECTIVE, OR WAS THAT LEFT TO YOUR DECISION?



    A: WE CAME TO A CERTAIN AREA, BUT WITHIN THAT AREA WE WOULD CHOSE OUR TARGET.



    Q: A CIVILIAN TARGET?



    A: YES.



    Q: WHY NOT A MILITARY ONE?



    A: A CIVILIAN TARGET, TO SPREAD TERROR AMONG THE INHABITANTS.



    Q: HOW?



    A: BY FIRING AND EXPLOSIONS, WAKING UP AT NIGHT IN ORDER TO DIE.



    Q: AMONG YOUR EQUIPMENT THERE WAS AN AXE. WHAT WAS THAT FOR?



    A: TO CUT OFF HEADS.



    Q: WHOSE HEADS?



    A: INHABITANTS,



    Q: FOR WHAT REASON?



    A: TO TAKE THEM WITH US TO SYRIA.



    Q: WHY?



    A: TWO REASONS: TO PROVE THAT WE HAD REACHED A SETTLEMENT AND RETURNED SAFELY. AND TO SPREAD TERROR AMONG THE SETTLERS SO THEY WOULD LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND RETURN TO WHERE THEY'D COME FROM.




    Initials HG/DG


    FROM THE INTERVIEW SCREENED ON ''MABAT'':

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: (I.D.F. SPOKESMAN) - ON 28 OCTOBER 1975, A GANG OF TERRORISTS BELONGING TO THE 'EL FATAH' ORGANIZATION WAS CAUGHT IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS AFTER INFILTRATING ACROSS THE CEASE-FIRE LINES WITH SYRIA. THE FOLLOWING ARE POINTS FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COMMANDER OF THE SQUAD SCREENED ON THE ARAB-LANGUAGE TELEVISION PROGRAMME, AND PART OF AN INTERVIEW TO BE SHOWN ON THE HEBREW TV-NEWSREEL TODAY (SATURDAY).

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBBRKP00BFND931WXT6LLZ8OM
    Media URN:
    VLVADBBRKP00BFND931WXT6LLZ8OM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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