• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN OF KANTARA ON THE BANKS OF THE SUEZ CANAL ARE CLEANING UP THE DAMAGE DONE FROM LAST SUNDAY'S HEAVY ARTILLERY DUEL BETWEEN EGYPTIAN AND ISRAELI FORCES.

  • Description


    SUEZ CANAL; VARIOUS SHOTS OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS; UNITED NATIONS PATROL.




    Initials JP/VS/PN-CCT/SGM



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    Background: THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN OF KANTARA ON THE BANKS OF THE SUEZ CANAL ARE CLEANING UP THE DAMAGE DONE FROM LAST SUNDAY'S HEAVY ARTILLERY DUEL BETWEEN EGYPTIAN AND ISRAELI FORCES.

    KANTARA, WHICH IS IN THE ISRAELI OCCUPIED PART OF THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC, WAS DAMAGED DURING THE THREE AND A HALF HOUR BATTLE. A GREEK ORTHODOX AND COPTIC CHURCH WERE HIT BY SHELLS, SO TOO WERE TWO MOSQUES.

    BUT CASUALTIES WERE LIGHT. THE ISRAELI ARMY SAID THAT TWO ARABS IN KANTARA WERE WOUNDED. AT TIMES DURING THE BATTLE,ISRAELI AND EGYPTIAN GUNNERS WERE FIRING AT ONE ANOTHER FROM ALMOST POINT BLANK RANGE WITH LITTLE MORE THAN 50 YARDS (METRES) OF THE SUEZ CANAL SEPARATING THE TWO SIDES.

    THE CANAL TOWNS OF SUEZ AND PORT TEWFIK DID NOT ESCAPE AS LIGHTLY AS KANTARA AND CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE WAS DONE.

    THE ARTILLERY BATTLE WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FORECEST SINCE THE 1967 SIX DAY WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE ARAB STATES. THE ISRAELI MILITARY LOSSES WERE REPORTED TO BE 10 KILLED AND 18 WOUNDED WHILE 11 EGYPTIANS, INCLUDING FIVE SOLDIERS, DIED. ANOTHER 42 PEOPLE WERE WOUNDED.

    THE BATTLE STOPPED AFTER INTERVENTION BY UNITED NATIONS CEASEFIRE OBSERVERS. THE GUNS FINALLY FELL SILENT 20 MINUTES AFTER A DEADLINE SET BY THE U.N. MEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA26W2QYB7UVV35ZFISHW44F0SO
    Media URN:
    VLVA26W2QYB7UVV35ZFISHW44F0SO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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