Jordan, split apart by civil war, has severed all communication links with the outside world, apart from radio.
GV Allenby Bridge showing Israeli soldiers
SV Israeli soldiers (2 shots)
TV River Jordan PAN TO soldiers on bridge
CU Memorial stone marks spot where soldier was killed
LV Empty bus stop shelter
SV Bus stop PAN TO road.
CU Custom post sign and customs post (2 shots)
CU Closed windows of immigration control
SV Signs (including Swedish Organisation sign)
CU Check point sign and check point (3 shots)
CU Sign "Jericho, Amman"
GV Bridge showing barbed wire at other (Jordan) end.
Initials MF/JH/BB MF/JH/BB/2230
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Background: Jordan, split apart by civil war, has severed all communication links with the outside world, apart from radio. Both bridges across the river Jordan have been closed.
The borders are closed, to traffic, Amman airport has been shut and telephone and telex lines are out of order.
The only channels of information are official Amman radio, which plays martial music and issues official statements, and the Damascus-based Voice of the Palestine Revolution radio.
At 11.05 on Wednesday morning (17 September) the Jordanian officer on duty at the Allenby bridge told his Israeli counterpart that he had received orders to close the bridge immediately.
The barbed wire gates on the Jordan side of the bridge were closed and disappointed travellers from the Israeli side are being turned back.
The usually busy crossing point now shows little sign of life, apart from two Israeli soldiers keeping a lonely guard. The Jordanian guards were all driven away in an army truck.