BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON
The military commander of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Khalil Al Wazir, otherwise known by his alias Abu Jihad, has condemned the Israeli treatment of Palestinian prisoners taken during the fighting in the Lebanon.
BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON
1. BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON. GV PLO Abu Jihad speaking (English SOT) (2 shots) 1.52
2. GV INTERIOR Israeli prisoner being held by Syrians 2.00
3. GV Portrait of Yasser Arafat on prison wall PAN DOWN TO prisoner eating grapes (2 shots) 2.18
4. SV Prisoners being given drink and drinking 2.37
5. GV Grapes, plums and several glasses laid out on table for prisoners 2.42
6. SV Prisoner drinking 2.50
ABU JIHAD: "The Israeli way of dealing with our Palestinian prisoners, it is a very hard way of dealing, a savage way of dealing when they are hurting hundreds of our prisoners by the nets carried by the helicopter without any human being way of dealing with our prisoners. And what they are suffering in their hospitals, those prisoners who are wounded, how they are facing the Israeli way with dealing in the hospitals, in the prisons, is a very savage way of dealing. We have told the Red Cross that even the Israelis are dealing with them in this way, denying any Geneva agreement, denying the human being way. We, in the PLO, we are stretching for our way of dealing with them in an humanitarian way, dealing with them as human beings. This is our answer that we are going in our arms struggle to say to all the world that the PLO is continuing its struggle in the military field and in the political field."
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Background: BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON
The military commander of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Khalil Al Wazir, otherwise known by his alias Abu Jihad, has condemned the Israeli treatment of Palestinian prisoners taken during the fighting in the Lebanon. In an interview given exclusively to Visnews, and recorded behind the Syrian lines in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Abu Jihad has said some Palestinians were carried away in nets suspended below helicopters. The Palestinian commander, who is also responsible for PLO operations in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank, said he had told the Red Cross the Israelis were ignoring the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war. On the other hand, Abu Jihad claimed, Israeli prisoners being held by the Syrian Army were treated in an humanitarian way. Eight Israeli prisoners, one of whom is seen here, are being held behind Syrian lines in the Bekaa Valley. According to Lebanese Radio, they were seized close to their outpost by guerrilla fighters attached to the PLO and Lebanese left-wing groups. Israel, however, has warned Syria of serious consequences if any harm comes to the prisoners.
Source: SOUHEIL RACHED, REUTERS