• Short Summary

    A LARGE NUMBER OF ISRAELI PARATROOPS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TOOK PART IN AN EXERCISE DROP OF MEN AND EQUIPMENT INTO LAKE TIBERIAS (THE SEA OF GALILEE), THE FIRST MANOEUVRE OF ITS KIND SINCE BEFORE THE SIX-DAY ARAB-ISRAELI WAR.

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    A LARGE NUMBER OF ISRAELI PARATROOPS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TOOK PART IN AN EXERCISE DROP OF MEN AND EQUIPMENT INTO LAKE TIBERIAS (THE SEA OF GALILEE), THE FIRST MANOEUVRE OF ITS KIND SINCE BEFORE THE SIX-DAY ARAB-ISRAELI WAR.

    THE MEN AND SUPPLIES WERE DROPPED FROM FRENCH-BUILT NORD AIRCRAFT IN FULL VIEW OF LARGE GATHERINGS OF CIVILIAN AND MILITARY ONLOOKERS. DINGHIES AND MOTORBOATS WERE USED IN THE RECOVERY OPERATION, AND AT THE END OF THE EXERCISE A HELICOPTER WAS BROUGHT IN TO DEMONSTRATE THE RECOVERY OF WOUNDED MEN FROM THE WATER.

    IN RESUMING THIS TYPE OF PARATROOP DEMONSTRATION AFTER A BREAK OF SOME TIME, THE ISRAELI AUTHORITIES ARE REPORTED TO BE AIMING TO BOOST THE MORALE OF THE SETTLERS IN THE SURROUNDING JORDAN VALLEY BORDER AREA.

    IN THE PAST SIMILAR PARATROOP DROPS WERE MADE AS A DEMONSTRATION OF ISRAELI MILITARY STRENGTH IN FULL VIEW OF THE SYRIAN GOLAN HEIGHTS WHICH DOMINATE THE LAKE OF THE EASTERN SIDE, BUT SINCE THE SIX-DAY WAR IN 1967 THE GOLAN HEIGHTS HAVE BEEN OCCUPIED BY ISRAELI FORCES.

    THE SHORES OF LAKE TIBERIAS HAVE BEEN AN AREA OF CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND SYRIA SINCE THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, AND WERE THE SCENE OF MANY OUTBREAKS OF HOSTILITY IN THE MONTHS PRECEDING THE 1967 WAR, WITH EACH SIDE BLAMING THE OTHER FOR PROVOKING BORDER INCIDENTS.

    ISRAELI CLAIMED SYRIAN FORCES FIRED ON ISRAELI FISHING AND PATROL VESSELS ON THE LAKE AS WELL AS SHELLING KIBBUTZIM (SETTLEMENTS) IN THE JORDAN VALLEY. SYRIA ACCUSED ISRAEL OF UNPROVOKED AIR STRIKES ON VILLAGES AND INSTALLATIONS IN SYRIAN TERRITORY. THE INCIDENTS BECAME MORE FREQUENT AFTER THE MILITARY COUP OF FEBRUARY 1966 BROUGHT A MORE MILITANT GOVERNMENT TO POWER IN SYRIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAETCJXYH0CTLIPU2TVHVJJG9S5
    Media URN:
    VLVAETCJXYH0CTLIPU2TVHVJJG9S5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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