One-hundred hijacked airline passengers and crew were released at Tel Aviv's Lydda International Airport on Tuesday (9 May).
GV & LV Activity on tarmac around hijacked aircraft (7 shots)
LV Cars across tarmac
GV Activity on tarmac
GTV Ambulance arrives on tarmac
SV INT. Crew & passengers arriving in building
SV & CU Man with blood-stained shirt
SV PAN Gen. Zeevi enters
MV Mr. Peres speaking(SOF)
MV Peres & Captain drink toast
"It was a brilliant operation by the army of Israel, with full respect for human life -- the lives of the passengers, the lives of the crew. It was brilliantly planned and brilliantly executed."
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The sound of film includes remarks in English by Israeli Minister of Information, Shimon Peres. A transcript follows.
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Background: One-hundred hijacked airline passengers and crew were released at Tel Aviv's Lydda International Airport on Tuesday (9 May). Israeli soldiers, masquerading as airport mechanics and dressed in white overalls, stormed abroad a Belgian airliner, killing two of the four Arab hijackers and seriously wounding a third in a 10-second gun battle.
Three of the passengers and two soldiers were also wounded in the climax to a 24-hour drama, which started on Monday, when a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 was seized by two men and two women just after leaving Vienna on a flight from Brussels to Tel Aviv. The Arab guerrillas had threatened to blow up the aircraft with all on board -- including themselves -- if their demands for the release of 100 Arab prisoners were not met.
The Black September Organisation, which claimed responsibility for the hijacking, said on Wednesday that International Red Cross representatives had misled the hijackers. The organisation alleged Red Cross collusion with the Israelis. Instead of the Red cross fully supervising the delivery of food and water to the passengers - thereby preventing troops from entering the aircraft - soldiers disguised as workers got into the plane along with the food, the Arab guerrilla organisation said.