Security has increased at many international airports in Western Europe to protect aircraft and their passengers after repeated reports that some sam 7 anti-aircraft missiles are in "unofficial hands" in Europe.
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Background: Security has increased at many international airports in Western Europe to protect aircraft and their passengers after repeated reports that some sam 7 anti-aircraft missiles are in "unofficial hands" in Europe.
Police and security officers at all West German airports are on full alert following a report that an Arab guerrilla group, armed with ground to air missiles, had entered the country from Belgium. Normal airport security was reinforced with armoured cars.
The alert followed a call to airport police in broken German saying a group of six Arabs planned a rocket attack on an airliner.
In Britain the unprecedented peacetime security measures which began at London's Heathrow Airport on Saturday (January 5) were still in force on Tuesday (January 8) to cover the arrival of Israel's new ambassador designate to Britain, Mr. Gideon Refael.
Brussels Airport is surrounded by state police and army paratroopers on horses and in jeeps, trucks and armoured vehicles.
At Amsterdam, policemen armed with carbines stand guard as passengers board Israeli planes. Tracked vehicles armed with heavy and light machine guns escort each aircraft to the runway.
At Orly airport, Paris, security forces were reinforced last month by a further 700 men. Every aircraft is escorted along the tarmac by a jeep full of armed police.
The Italian Government promised to "tighten up our already efficient security" following the Arab guerrilla attack on Rome Airport on December 17 in which 31 people died.
The attack led to news reports that Rome had become a base for guerrilla operations in Europe.
SYNOPSIS: At London's Heathrow Airport security measures, unprecedented in peacetime, remained in force on Tuesday because of the arrival of the new Israeli ambassador to Britain. The armoured cars were originally called out because of fears of a missile attack against aircraft.
Arab guerrilla groups are reported to be in Europe armed with Sam seven anti-aircraft missiles. According to Western European security chiefs, security at the airports which was already tight after last month's attack on Rome airport - has been increased.
Unconfirmed newspaper reports in Brussels said police were searching for a group which had crossed into Belgium. Brussels Airport is on full alert.
Armed police guard the passenger lounges Outside, the airport is surrounded by state police and paratroopers in jeeps and armoured vehicles. Plain clothes marksmen are also on duty.
Airport officials say the state of alert at Orly Airport at Paris will continue for some time. Security forces there have been reinforced by an extra seven hundred police. All aircraft are followed on the tarmac by a jeep lead by armed police.
There is also strict security at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport. Tracked, armoured vehicles with heavy and light machine guns escort each aircraft to the runway. Police armoured cars are on continuous patrol.
All passengers using the airport for international flights are being searches for weapons.
But the greatest activity has been at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, the scene of last month's massacre of thirty one people. At a recent meeting of Italian police chiefs the decision was taken to adopt the "most modern techniques" to combat guerrilla attacks.
Rome police believe Palestinian guerrillas have a permanent organisation in the city. And the Italian Government has promised to tighten up security systems which they say is already efficient.