Amman was reported to be calm tonight (Wednesday) after a ceasefire had brought to an end forty hours of savage fighting in the city between Palestinian commando groups and troops of the Royal Jordanian Army.
Amman was reported to be calm tonight (Wednesday) after a ceasefire had brought to an end forty hours of savage fighting in the city between Palestinian commando groups and troops of the Royal Jordanian Army. However, later reports said the sounds of shell fire could still be heard in the northern and western suburbs of the Jordanian capital.
This film was brought clandestinely out of Amman after newsmen had been held in detention in their hotels in the city by Palestinian commandos. While the film was being shot, gunfire was still echoing through the streets. Joint patrols of units of the Jordanian Army and the Palestinian commandos later toured the streets of Amman, calling on loudspeakers for a ceasefire, but as night fell, firing was resumed, although the city's power supplies, cut off for more than 17 hours, was restored.
In a surprise broadcast to his people tonight, King Hussein appealed to the armed forces and the guerilla groups to realign their forces, saying that the clashes of the past two days could lead to danger and destruction. He called recent events in Jordan "the most tragic period of my life."
Meanwhile, in Cairo, Kamal Nasser, spokesman for the Central Committee of the Palestinian Commando Organisation appealed to Arab heads of state to intervene immediately to stop what he called massacres in Jordan.