The mayor of Nablus in the West Bank, Bassam Al-Shaka, travelled to Jordan on Tuesday (5 August) on his way to Europe for medical treatment.
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Legless West Bank Mayor, Bassam Al-Shaka, seated at table in garden in Nablus.
SV Shaka being greeted by West Bank leaders and friends.
SV Shaka being wheeled down path followed by friends.
SV Shaka being embraced by friends.
SV Shaka lifting himself into waiting ear.
GV PAN Israeli troops standing guard.
SV Shaka being kissed by friends and followers.
CU Two women kissing him farewell.
SV Car carrying Shaka leaving.
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Background: The mayor of Nablus in the West Bank, Bassam Al-Shaka, travelled to Jordan on Tuesday (5 August) on his way to Europe for medical treatment. He lost both his legs in a car bomb attack two months ago, (June).
SYNOPSIS: Mayor Shaka lost his legs (on 2 June) after a bomb allegedly planted by Jewish militants exploded under him as he started his car. Another Palestinian Mayor was also critically injured in a similar attack. Tension on the West Bank had risen after a Palestinian commando raid had killed six Jewish settlers in Hebron in early April.
Mayor shaka rejected an offer by the Israeli authorities for treatment in a Israeli hospital of his choice, and was allowed to cross into Jordan for medical attention. During his five week stay at the King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman, Mr. Shaka underwent intensive surgery to remove gangrene in his injured legs. He returned to his home town in early July to an emotional reception from his supporters. He continued in his position as a focus for discontent with the Israeli occupation.
Israeli troops barred Arab residents from accompanying Mayor shaka to the Damia bridge where he crossed into Jordan. On his first trip to Jordan, soon after the attack, he was accompanied by several thousand West Bank Arabs. That journey turned in a noisy anti-Israeli demonstration which the Israeli authorities prevented happening again. Mayor Shaka was expected to go to either France or Britain to be fitted with artificial legs.