Amman began picking up the threads of normal life again today as a cease-fire brought to an end three days of savage fighting between Jordanian troops and Palestine commando units.
CU Bodies into back of truck
MV & CU People study lists of dead
MV Bodies carried out
MV Commandos in foreground on rooftop hill in background
CU Commando with rifle and binoculars
MV Shell hole in building
MV Shell blasted doorway
MV Shellholes in buildings (3 shots)
MV Father and daughter inside house beside shellhole
MV & CU Wrecked bus in middle of street ( 3 shots)
CU Wrecked car (2 shots)
MV Soldiers in street (2 shots)
MV DITTO Wreckage oil drums in streets
MV to LV Armed youths in lorry past
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Background: Amman began picking up the threads of normal life again today as a cease-fire brought to an end three days of savage fighting between Jordanian troops and Palestine commando units. The toll of dead and wounded in the clashes has risen to over a thousand, and hospitals in the city were full. Foreign Journalists and other nationals held by the Palestine commandos in their hotels were flown out of the country in chartered aircraft.
In a proclamation today, the newly-formed Central Committee of the Palestine Resistance Movement appealed to the people of Amman to go back to work and resume normal life. Traffic police appeared on the streets and shops opened, but roadways were still littered with four days' accumulated rubbish and numerous barricades which had been thrown up be commandos.
Mass graves were being dug for the dead, many of whom dies when hit by stray bullets and rockets, which also caused considerable damage to homes and other buildings.
Palestine commando leaders today claimed that all their demands had been met by King Hussein, who yesterday bowed to commando demands to dismiss his tow top military leaders, both close relatives. However, the King, who spent today in talks with emissaries from other Arab countries, has warned that this army reshuffle was his last concession to the commandos.
And so, with the situation still not finally resolved, the battered city of Amman remains tense and apprehensive.