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    On Saturday (September 12) the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine blew up the three western airliners held at a Jordanian desert airship.

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    LV INT Guerrilla headquarters

    CU Guerrilla spokesman

    CU Interpreter speaks

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: "To make it clear to the whole world that the P.F.L.P. is not a bloodthirsty organisation, we have released all women and children and sick, gradually since the first day. P.F.L.P. has also transferred the rest--that is, the 40 passengers--who are classified as suspected under int???ation, or hostages, by the Revolution, and transferred them into a more cosy place. Nevertheless, these people are now living in much better conditions than that on the airfield or in our refugee camps, and they will be kept there until our prisoners are released. P.F.L.F. has destroyed completely today the three planes, practising one of the traditional lines to hit the Imperialists and Zionist interests all over the world, and in reaction tot he stand of the Imperialist and Zionist powers."

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    Background: On Saturday (September 12) the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine blew up the three western airliners held at a Jordanian desert airship. A guerrilla spokesman announced the explosion of the Aircraft and the earlier evacuation of the passengers at a press conference later in the day.

    A commando spokesman said that the women and children passengers had been sent to Amman and would be given back their passports.

    An announcement by the hijackers said that all passengers were safe and no one had been hurt in the explosion of the aircraft.

    Later on Saturday, the central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation which represents, II main commando groups condemned the hijackers for blowing up the three airliners. The central committee said that by blowing up the planes the Popular Front fort eh Liberation of Palestine had affected the safety and security of the Palestinian guerilla movement, and the main body said they would no longer have dealings with the radical group.

    The statement by the Palestine Liberation Organisation came shortly after the Popular Front had announce that it was keeping 40 of the passengers as hostages. The central committee had wanted to offer the release of all the hostage except Israelis of military age in return for the release of seven fedayeen held by three European countries. The committee also proposed to trade the Israelis for an unspecified number of guerrilla captives in Israel.

    A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced:

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