• Short Summary

    Israel is taking new secret measures to tighten the already stringent security precautions at Tel Aviv airport following Wednesday's (May 31 three-minute hail of bullets from a Japanese suicide squad that left 27 people dead and about 80 others injured.

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    Israel is taking new secret measures to tighten the already stringent security precautions at Tel Aviv airport following Wednesday's (May 31 three-minute hail of bullets from a Japanese suicide squad that left 27 people dead and about 80 others injured.

    Visible measures ordered by Transport Minister Shimen Peres included armed soldiers surrounding the buses which bring in passengers from arriving aircraft and more guards clustered round the luggage conveyor belts.

    But the Transport Minister declined to elaborate on the new measures, the effectiveness of which depends largely on their secrecy.

    In a grim address to the Knesset (parliament) after the mass shooting, Prime Minister Gold a Meir said Israel would do everything possible to save the lives of tourists and immigrants.

    Mrs. Meir also referred to the role played by Lebanon in harbouring the organisation claiming responsibility for the airport carnage--the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PELP).

    The Prime Minister stressed that Israel did not consider the suicide squad as representative of Japan, and underlined that the friendly relations between the two countries would remain unhampered.

    And later, the Japanese Ambassador to Israel visited the Director-General of the Israeli Foreign Office to express his sorrow at "this horrible act," adding:
    SYNOPSIS: After the mass sheeting at Tel Aviv airport on Wednesday, Israeli authorities lost no time in tightening up already stringent security precautions. Twenty-six people died under the hail of bullets fired by three Japanese terrorists, and about eighty more were wounded. But new security measures will remain secret to ensure their effectiveness.

    Two of the Japanese gunmen died in the carnage. One had his head blown off by his own grenade. And the other was cut down by shots from one of his companions. Nuns and a group of Christian pilgrims from Puerte Rice were among the victims shot down in the three-minutes of terror. The surviving terrorist said he belonged to an extreme left-wing Japanese organisation called the Unified Red Army. He said it had been cooperating with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and that the three gunmen had trained in Beirut.

    Later, in a solemn statement to the Knesset...or Parliament...the Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, said Israel would de everything possible to protect the lives of pilgrims, immigrants and tourists in Israel. And she held Arab governments responsible for aiding and abetting such attacks. But Israel, she said, would find an answer to the Mrs. Meir also said that Israel didn't regard the suicide squad as representing Japan. Relations between the two countries would remain on the present friendly basis. The Japanese ambassador to Israel was also quick to underline that his government was shocked at the shootings, which he described as a horrible act.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAGULZNO9PRWBSIZCXIA1SIVCP
    Media URN:
    VLVAGULZNO9PRWBSIZCXIA1SIVCP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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