All the crew and passengers of the Lufthansa airliner hijacked by Arab commandos, have now returned home.
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"First of all, we felt that it was the duty of both the Government in Bonn and in munich to save the lives of twenty people - that is, the German nationals and passengers of other nationalities aboard the hijacked plane. Other democratic and free governments in the Western hemisphere have done likewise. So did the Swedish government a couple of days ago, so did the British government a couple of months ago, so did the Swiss government a couple of months ago, and so did, in September 1968, the Israeli government by releasing 16 Arabs who were inmates in Israeli jails, after an Israeli plane had been hijacked to Algiers."
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Background: All the crew and passengers of the Lufthansa airliner hijacked by Arab commandos, have now returned home. Most of the passengers were flown from Tripoli to Rome. The crew and three remaining passengers - an American, a Briton and a Turk - who were kept as hostages were later flown to Frankfurt.
But as the hostages returned safely, Israel was protesting to West Germany about the deal by which their release had been secured in exchange for three Black September guerrillas, held since the killing of members of the Israeli olympic team at Munich. The criticism was described as unjust by the German government, and a spokesman, Herr Walter Von Ludigar, said: