This first film out of Jordan to show the section of Amman where the Palestinian guerrillas had their headquarters, shows some of the damage and debris of the fierce fighting.
GV Along street with smoke plume rising.
SV Burnt out tracked vehicle (2 shots)
SC Burnt out car (2 shots)
SV PAN Red Crescent van along street.
SV PAN Damaged building to burnt-out armoured personnel carrier.
SV Fire engine passed.
GV PAN Houses to rubble burnt out vehicle and damaged building.
SV Soldier looking at sand-bagged trench.
CU Helmet boot and cap lying on ground (2 shots).
GV PAN Damaged building.
LV Over part of Amman.
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Background: This first film out of Jordan to show the section of Amman where the Palestinian guerrillas had their headquarters, shows some of the damage and debris of the fierce fighting.
But although the cameraman who shot the film was the first into the area, he saw no bodies, there was no smell of death and he heard no cries from the thousands of casualties claimed to be lying in the streets.
A correspondent with the cameraman sad the residents of the area claimed they had been short of food and water for eight days... but they did not speak of many having been wounded in the fighting.
The military Governor-General of Jordan, Field Marshal Majali, said in a statement today (Saturday, Sept.26th) that it had been established that the number of dead did not exceed 2,500 soldiers, commandos and civilians...but he did not make clear whether this was in Amman alone or all of Jordan.
Earlier, the guerrillas had claimed that there were between 15,000 and 20,000 casualties in the fighting.
The Field Marshal said that life was getting back to normal in the capital and medical teams were able to move about freely to tend the wounded, while soldiers and civil defence workers distributed food and water.
However, reports from the capital said that much of the city had suffered heavy damage thousands were homeless and there were fears of epidemics breaking out.