Palestinian gunmen who seized three Egyptian diplomats on Monday (15 September) threatened to blow them, and their embassy sky high with dynamite unless Egypt renounced the recent peace accord with Israel.
GV Egyptian Embassy in Madrid.
GV Embassy building.(Shots of Embassy building police. Embassy car and people outside Embassy.) (8 shots)
GV PAN from traffic in street to Arab League building on opposite side of road from Egyptian Embassy (2 shots).
LV Zoom out from armed police to poster outside Arab League Building.
SV busy street scene to crowds gathering.
CU Zoom out from Embassy sign, to traffic in street.
REPORTER: "We got through to the hostage ambassador...and asked him if he thought his captors were prepared to shoot."
AMBASSADOR"Ah yes -- yes they have declared to the police."
REPORTER: "Do you think they are serious in their intent?"
AMBASSADOR: "Exactly -- they are very serious."
REPORTER: "How do you feel at this moment?"
AMBASSADOR: "Oh -- I feel quite well. They are very pleasant people."
REPORTER: "Have they got explosives as well as arms?"
AMBASSADOR: "Yes..yes they have explosives."
REPORTER: "Have you seen these?"
REPORTER: "What is it?"
AMBASSADOR: "A bag full of dynamite, and special detonators."
REPORTER: "Have they planted those in your office?"
AMBASSADOR: "In very corner of the building."
ED'S NOTE: This film is serviced with a BBC radio interview with Egyptian Ambassador Ghaffar:
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Background: Palestinian gunmen who seized three Egyptian diplomats on Monday (15 September) threatened to blow them, and their embassy sky high with dynamite unless Egypt renounced the recent peace accord with Israel.
But after the midnight local time deadline passed it appeared, according to reports from Madrid, the gunmen were prepared to reduce their demands.
Refuters quoted one of the gunmen as saying they would fly to Algeria with their hostages, accompanied by the Iraqi and Algerian ambassadors on board a special aircraft supplied by Algeria. He refused to say more. A second report said the might release the hostages once they board the plane.
Another gunmen told the Spanish State Radio that the ambassadors of Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Kuwait and Egypt had signed a statement denouncing the Egypt-Israel peace agreement.
Refuters, reporting from Madrid said this move appeared partially t meet the Palestinian demand that Egypt denounce the agreement.
Spanish riot police formed a cordon around the embassy and a yellow minibus drew up alongside the entrance late on Monday night, arousing speculation among bystanders that the Palestinians and their hostages were about to be transported to the airport.
In a radio telephone interview with the B.B.C., the Egyptian Ambassador to Spain, Mr. Mahmoud Ghaffar said that the gunmen clearly meant business. He added that they had laid dynamite at every corner of the building.
And Mr. Ghaffar said that his captors had already told the police they were prepared to shoot their hostages if threatened.
Apparently there was a total of five gunmen in the building although eyewitnesses said they only spotted four. Inside the building at one stage were the Kuwaiti and Algerian Ambassadors along with the Madrid representative of Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
There were no reports of any casualties.....