Surviving residents of small Leoaness villages near the Israel border searched for dead and injured among the rubble of their homes on Friday (8 Sept) after a lighting attack by Israeli planes - a reprisal raid for the killing by Araba of 11 Israeli Olympic sportsmen at Munich.
GV Guerrillas around ambulance (night)
GV Guerrillas towards building carrying arms
GV & VSs People around dead body in house (3 shots)
GV Guerrillas towards another building
SCU Dead boy TILT TO weeping, PAN other weeping women (3 shots)
GV Damaged buildings in Rackoya (4 shots)
SV Pylon & broken wires
GV Craters in city
GV Arab women crying
GV Wrecked village of Rafid
GV & SV Bulldozer clearing rubble & people (2 shots)
SV Man crouched over wreckage of house
Initials SGM/0221 SGM/0231
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Background: Surviving residents of small Leoaness villages near the Israel border searched for dead and injured among the rubble of their homes on Friday (8 Sept) after a lighting attack by Israeli planes - a reprisal raid for the killing by Araba of 11 Israeli Olympic sportsmen at Munich.
The village of Rackoya and Rafid, where our film was shot, suffered fatal casualties numbering at least 21, and over 30 injured, according to Arab commando reports.
The damage was done by four Israeli Super Mystere fighter-bombers which strafed the villages with heavy machine-guns and rockets. Villagers said the planes fired about 50 rockets on populated areas and destroyed about ten houses in Rafid alone.
A building in Rafid which in the past had been used as a Fedayeen depot was destroyed along with three adjacent houses. Locals said that the village itself no longer harboured any commands, although there are known to be bases in the general area.
SYNOPSIS: Arab guerrillas help to bring out the dead and wounded in the Lebanese border village of Rackoya after a lightning attack by Israeli planes in retaliation for the killing of eleven of their Olympic sportsmen by Black September commandos at Munich. In the raid on Rackoya and neighbouring Rafid, at least twenty-one villagers died, and many more were injured.
The attackers were four Israeli Super Mystere fighter-bombers which swooped low to strafe the villages with heavy machine-guns and rockets. According to locals, about 50 rockets hit populated regions of Rafid alone, destroying ten houses.
The reason Rafid in particular was chosen by the Israelis is because the Fedayeen used a house there s a depot. But villagers say the commands haven't occupied the house for a long time now, although there are known to be Fedayeen bases in the general area of Rafid and Rackoya.