• Short Summary

    Two israeli jets, violating the Middle-East ceasefire agreement, flew over war-devastate Suez City on Wednesday (16 Dec) during a visit by journalists.

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    Two israeli jets, violating the Middle-East ceasefire agreement, flew over war-devastate Suez City on Wednesday (16 Dec) during a visit by journalists.

    The once thriving Egyptian City at the Southern end of the Suez Canal is now almost deserted in the wake of pre-ceasefire Israeli bombing and artillery fire. Before the June war in 1967 the city had a population of 260,000 people, but this has dwindled to about 15,000.

    Now an uneasy calm hangs over the city which is studded with wrecked houses and damaged public and commercial buildings. The State-owned oil refinery is almost at a standstill and the prosperity generated by traffic through the now blocked canal in gone.

    Egyptian anti-aircraft guns did not fire at the Israeli aircraft which circled high above the city for a few minutes leaving a white trial following several sonic booms.

    An Egyptian spokesman said the aircraft were in clear violation of the ceasefire arrangements.

    SYNOPSIS: Suez City at the Southern end of the canal stands near deserted in the wake of the Middle-East crisis. The Egyptian City had a population of 260,000 before the 1967 war. Now journalists visiting the area say the city has only 15,000 inhabitants. The prosperity once generated by the Suez Canal has gone.

    On Wednesday two israeli aircraft circled high over city in what Egyptian officials said was a clear violation of the Middle-East ceasefire.

    Since the ceasefire an uneasy calms has hung over Suez City. Earlier, it has been subjected to intensive israeli bombing and artillery fire. A few civilians remain but movement in the streets is mainly confined to military and official vehicles.

    For those who remain in Suez City the ceasefire at least means they can eat out in some safety. Work goes on to keep the city running.

    Many houses and public buildings were damaged in pre-ceasefire bombardments. The city has the appearance of a virtual ghost town.

    The oil refinery, once a major contributor to the city's economy, is now almost at standstill. De-populated and considerably damaged, the city is mute testimony to the continuing Middle-East confrontation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVANLT73RBYXNTLLC84XP1VD754
    Media URN:
    VLVANLT73RBYXNTLLC84XP1VD754
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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