• Short Summary

    IN BEIT HANOUN, A TINY VILLAGE NOT FAR FROM THE ISRAELI BORDER, EXCITED PALESTINIANS ARE TRAINING FOR WAR, BELIEVING THAT THEY ARE ON THE BRINK OF RECOVERING THE LAND THEY LOST 19 YEARS AGO.

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    GAZA STRIP PAN TO ISRAELI BORDER; MONUMENT; PALESTINE ARMY RECRUITS TRAINING AND SHOUTING AT PRESS.




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    Background: IN BEIT HANOUN, A TINY VILLAGE NOT FAR FROM THE ISRAELI BORDER, EXCITED PALESTINIANS ARE TRAINING FOR WAR, BELIEVING THAT THEY ARE ON THE BRINK OF RECOVERING THE LAND THEY LOST 19 YEARS AGO. THE PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ARMY IS NOW LYING IN THE TRENCHES THAT WERE FORMERLY MANNED BY UNITED NATIONS TROOPS. ONLY A FEW 100 YARDS AWAY, ACROSS THE BORDER, ISRAELI FLAGS FLUTTER IN THE SUNSHINE.

    THROUGHOUT THE GAZA STRIP - A 24 MILE (39 KMS) LONG, FOUR MILE (6.5 KMS) WIDE RECTANGLE OF SEMI-DESERT WITH A POPULATION OF 450,000 EVERY PREPARATION IS BEING MADE FRO WAR. THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE STRIP RESEMBLE AN ARMED CAMP. EVERYWHERE - ON ROOFTOPS, IN TREES, AT STREET CORNERS, BEHIND WALLS, SANDBAGS AND ROAD BLOCKS - ARMED PALESTINIAN SOLDIERS ARE ON GUARD. THE CITY OF GAZA IS FULL OF MARTIAL ACTIVITY.

    BEIT HANOUN IS FULL OF YOUNG ARABS WHO HAVE JOINED THE PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ARMY. EGYPTIAN OFFICERS ARE TRAINING THEM TO USE THEIR SOVIET RIFLES AND CHINESE MORTARS AND MACHINE GUNS BEFORE GOING UP TO THE FRONT TO TAKE PLACE OF THE UNITED NATIONS FORCE.

    WHEN THE TRAINEES SAW THE CORRESPONDENTS VISITING THE CAMP THEY CHANTED "HAIL NASSER" AND "DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, WITH JOHNSON."
    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE LAST WEEK, MR. AHMED SHUKEIRY, LEADER OF THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANISATION, SAID THAT HIS TERRORISTS WOULD INCREASE THEIR COMMANDO RAIDS ON ISRAEL. HE SAID THAT THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ARMY FORCES IN GAZA HAD BEEN PLACED UNDER U.A.R. COMMAND. AND THAT SIMILARLY FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ HAD BEEN PUT UNDER THE COMMAND OF THOSE COUNTRIES. AT THE SAME PRESS CONFERENCE HE CALLED ON THE JORDANIAN ARMY AND PEOPLE TO OVERTHROW KING HUSSEIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADH61UWP0PF65J883EOYSW7JTZ
    Media URN:
    VLVADH61UWP0PF65J883EOYSW7JTZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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