Israeli forces have demolished an Arab house and sealed up four others on the West Bank in a crackdown on Palestinian guerrillas.
MV INTERIOR House contents thrown into road (2 shots)
MV Lady and children on stairway PULL BACK TO SHOW belongings scattered in street
CU House exterior showing repaired wall PAN TO woman sitting outside
MV Woman and child sitting in rubble PULL BACK SHOWING remains of demolished houses
CU People standing round and remains of house
MS Homeless people clustered around temporary shelter
CU Mayor of Ramallah, Mayor Khalif, speaking
CU Mayor of Elbireth, Ibrahim Al Tawil speaking
MAYOR KHALIF: "Since 1967 there are about twenty thousand houses which have been demolished. So after Camp David agreement Sadat and Carter encourage their combined authorities to confiscate more land. They are surrounding every city with settlements and settlers. They are surrounding every village, and even they are opening new roads just 150 metres just to split the West Bank not to be fit in the future as one unity."
MAYOR AL TAWIL: "Let me say, if they block our houses, if they destroy our houses we will not allow them to have our land, we will not agree to self-rule because they depress our people and to excuse the self-rule and their steps for this self-rule and their steps for this self-rule. So we will help these families. O.K., I'm very sorry but I have a note from the Governor to ah...I don't know what he wants but I have to go because it's a military order."
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Background: Israeli forces have demolished an Arab house and sealed up four others on the West Bank in a crackdown on Palestinian guerrillas. An army spokesman said the houses had been used by four Palestinians -- three of them women -- who it's claimed are responsible for a series of attacks which killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others during the past year.
SYNOPSIS: The destroyed house was in the village of Jamia, near Ramallah. It had been occupied by a 22-year-old woman teacher, Atas Ahmen Yussef, who the Israeli Army claim was caught planting a bomb in a Jerusalem bus depot last week. The house was levelled and belongings scattered in the street.
Destroying or sealing up houses after the eviction of the families living in them -- is a common punishment in Israeli-occupied territory for Arabs who give shelter to guerrillas.
An army spokesman said that Miss Yusuf, and three other Palestinians, two other women and a man, belonged to the Fatah organisation and had been trained in Syria. All three girls have been caught, but the man, also a teacher, is still at large. The Mayor of Elbireth and Mayor Khalif of Ramallah have condemned the army action.