Israeli soldiers encountered violent resistance on Thursday (22 April) as they cleared Jewish settlers from the rooftops of the Sinai town of Yamit in preparation for the handing back of the territory to Egypt on Sunday (25 April).
YAMIT, SINAI (APRIL 22, 1982) (REUTERS)
GV YAMIT, SINAI, Israeli troops with battering rams and riot shields approaching buildings
SV Settlers on roof kicking away ladders which troops have placed (2 shots)
SV Troops climbing ladders and scuffling with settlers on roof (2 shots)
SV Settler escorted away by troops
GV Troops firing foam at settlers on roof, and soldier firing into the air (3 shots)
GV Scuffing on roof tops between troops and settlers
SV Soldier climbing ladder to roof
GV Settlers being loaded into cage and carried away (3 shots)
SV Settlers being dragged away (3 shots)
GV Woman and children being led away
GV Bulldozer knocking down houses
JERUSALEM (APRIL 22, 1982) (REUTERS)
SV Walter Stoessel, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State speaking outside Knesset
SOUNDBITE (English): WALTER STOESSEL: "We both agreed that both sides have every interest in seeing that the situation will remain calm, and that the cessation of hostilities agreement which was negotiated by Ambassador Habib, will be observed".
Background: Israeli soldiers encountered violent resistance on Thursday (22 April) as they cleared Jewish settlers from the rooftops of the Sinai town of Yamit in preparation for the handing back of the territory to Egypt on Sunday (25 April). Several people were injured in scuffles after troops sprayed foam on the rooftop protesters and then forced them into specially-prepared cages winched up by cranes. After the evictions, giant bulldozers started to raze the prefabricated settlement. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Menachem Begin met the United States' Deputy Secretary of State, Walter Stoessel, who is shuttling between Cairo and Jerusalem to iron out final details of the Sinai handover. Mr. Stoessel later told reporters that both Israel and the United States hopes the situation in the Lebanon will remain calm, following Israeli air attacks on Palestinian positions near Beirut on Wednesday (21 April).