Twenty-nine women and children and one wounded man evacuated from Amman reached Cyprus on Wednesday night (Sept 23) aboard a DC 6 cargo aircraft.
Women and children out of aircraft; in building; women interviewed.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: You're the wife of the head of Chancery, what sort of time have you had?
MRS. CHRISTOPHER LUSH: Well, our house was hit by a mortar so we've been living with the Ambassador in his house which is opposite to ours. And we've been like everybody else, crouching in cellars when they were firing all the way around all the time for the past week.
REPORTER TO AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: You've just come out of Amman, can you tell me what it's been like the last week?
WOMAN: Very noisy.
REPORTER: You've been in Amman itself?
WOMAN: Yes, on Jebel Amman.
REPORTER: In your house?
WOMAN: At first in our house and later we moved to some friends.
REPORTER: Why, was the firing on your hose?
WOMAN: Yes, we lived right behind the Queen Mother's palace. There was a lot of firing there.
REPORTER: Was the house damaged?
WOMAN: Well, ???, only a few bullets through the windows, nothing more.
REPORTER: You have quite a large family - is there three children?
WOMAN: Yes, three.
REPORTER: Have you had any food and water?
WOMAN: Yes, we've had plenty of food and enough to drink. We weren't short, just for washing and things like that. Otherwise we certainly did not starve.
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Background: Twenty-nine women and children and one wounded man evacuated from Amman reached Cyprus on Wednesday night (Sept 23) aboard a DC 6 cargo aircraft.
The women, some nursing small children, told of life in Amman during the last week's fighting.
Twelve of those on the aircraft were children and the only man was professor Viktor Lorenz, a Czechoslovakian town planner, who was wounded in the head and leg when his apartment was hit by a shell.
Many of the women and children looked tired and distressed as they left the aircraft.
Most of those evacuated on the flight were British but there were also wives of United Nations employees and women of other nationalities.