Israeli security forces have started to forcibly eject over two thousand Jewish settlers from the northern Sinai prior to the territory's return to Egypt, scheduled for Sunday (25 April).
JERUSALEM (APRIL 21, 1982) (REUTERS)
GV EXTERIOR & SV PAN Prime Minister Begin leaves Knesset flanked by senior ministers. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU Government spokesman speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SOUNDBITE (English): ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: The government of Israeli has decided that it shall, on its part, carryout all its commitments in accordance with the treaty of peace and will evacuate the Sinai of Israeli forces and civilians by April, 25th 1982."
Background: Israeli security forces have started to forcibly eject over two thousand Jewish settlers from the northern Sinai prior to the territory's return to Egypt, scheduled for Sunday (25 April). The Israeli government decided on Wednesday (21 April) to go ahead with the withdrawal of all troops and Israeli settlers as agreed in the Camp David Peace Plans. After a special cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli troops moved in. The settlers had stationed themselves on the town's rooftops and threw burning tyres and blankets at the soldiers who eventually removed them with high pressure hoses. Meanwhile, a group of Jewish extremists remain in an air-raid bunker in the town. As part of the protest against the Sinai handback they have threatened to commit suicide at intervals if any moves are made to dislodge them. One of the group's spokesmen, U.S. Rabbi Meir Kahane, told reporters that if any of the group died, their blood would be on Prime Minister Menachem Begin's head.