• Short Summary

    As the smoke of battle cleared from the war-scarred face of Jordan thousands of Arab refugees were making their way from the occupied sector into Amman.

  • Description

    As the smoke of battle cleared from the war-scarred face of Jordan thousands of Arab refugees were making their way from the occupied sector into Amman.

    Behind them lay a past that collapsed abruptly beneath a rain of bombs; ahead a future that was at best uncertain. They were leaving Occupied Jordan under a scheme launched by the Israelis to reunify families.

    Carrying their meagre belongings in tattered bundles the army of refugees has been making its way cut of Occupied Jordan by several routes.

    Some, on foot and without official knowledge -- others by registering with the Israeli authorities. The Israelis have been providing those who register which food and water for the journey as well as transport to the west bank of the Jordan.

    The bridge at the crossing point was damaged during the fighting and the refugees made a pe???ous crossing over the shattered timber. On the east bank of the Jordan ????? partes wait to drive the refugees into Amman.

    Men, women and children are among the refugees and on the day on which this film was shot the refugee party included a party of children and nuns from the Notre Dame de Zion convent in Jerusalem Old City. The children were on their way to rejoin their parents in Amman, Beirut and Damascus.

    Also in the party were businessmen from Amman and Arabs trapped on the west bank of the river when the war broke out.

    Israeli sources say that none of the refugees are being forced to cross the Allenby Bridge but those who want to leave are free to do so.

    Meantime help for the refugees has been flooding in from all over the world. The British charity organisation. Oxfam, has sent one of its leading refugee experts to the Middle East to make an on-the-spot assessment of needs. In the meantime it has made an emergency grant of GBP10,000 sterling for medical supplies to Arab countries and GBP1,000 sterling for helping last and strayed children in Israel.

    The Swedish government has given one million crowns GBP68,000 sterling to the Red Cross for Middle East war victims, and its fund now totals about double the amount.

    In addition to this, medical supplies, food and clothing are flowing into the stricken are from all over the world. Among religious leaders, Pope Paul, leader of the world's 550,000,000 Roman Catholics has made a personal donation of GBP18,000 sterling to the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. The money is to be used for relief work among refugees.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEQJPUYWVZRRG6G61L7501944N
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQJPUYWVZRRG6G61L7501944N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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