Egypt regained control of Ras Sudar, a sun-scorched oil town on the Gulf of the Suez on Sunday (16 November).
GV Oil tanks
MV Oil tanks with vehicle in foreground
SV Wrecked buildings (3 shots)
MV UN vehicle boards ferry followed by UN jeeps (2 shots)
MV Ferry crossing Suez
CU Lorry laden with supplies
SV Vehicles driving off and away
CU Governor Karamani raising Egyptian flag
CU Cheering crowds
MV Egyptians seated on ground
MV & SV Oil installations (3 shots)
UN TRUCKS CROSSING CANAL.
GOVERNMENT CARS AND TRUCKS LOADED WITH BEDS AND LUGGAGE MOVING ONBOARD A MOTORBOAT ACROSS THE SUEZ CANAL.
UN AND EGYPT'S CHECK POINT ON THE WAY RAS SUDAR IN SINAI.
BOTH FLAGS OF UN AND EGYPT AT CHECK POINT.
EGYPTIAN POLICE OFFICER CARRYING THE FLAG AT RAS SUDAR CEREMONY.
SINAI GOVERNOR GENERAL MOHAMED ABDUL MONIEM ELKARAMANY (CIVILIAN) SPEAKS TO PRESSMEN. (ARABIC)
GOVERNOR KARAMANY HOISTING EGYPT'S FLAG ON A GOVERNMENT BUILDING AT RAS SUDAR CITY. CEREMONY CELEBRATED WITH POLICE GUARDS OF HONOUR AND MUSICAL BAND.
CUTAWAY OF FLAG. CITIZENS SHOUTING.
UNEF COMMANDOR GENERAL LILGESTRAND (SWEEDISH), TALKS TO PRESSMEN.
ARAB CITIZENS OF RAS SUDAR SITTING AND TALKING ON GROUND.
SHOTS OF RAS SUDAR CITY (DESTROYED)
WORKERS HOUSES IN RAS SUDAR.
OIL FIELD AND TANKS.
HEBRU - ARABIC AND ENGLISH WORDS ON THE WALL OF A FIRE BRIGADE CENTRE.
US EXPERT TALKS TO PRESS AT OIL FIELD.
TANKS AND DESTROYED TRUCK.
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Background: Egypt regained control of Ras Sudar, a sun-scorched oil town on the Gulf of the Suez on Sunday (16 November). It had been held by Israel since the 1967 Middle East War.
The return of Ras Sudar to Egyptian administration was a major step in the interim agreement negotiated between Israel and Egypt by the United States. And it meant a return home for some Egyptian civilians to the Sinai territory for the first time since it was occupied by Israel eight years ago.
In a fifteen minute ceremony, the Egyptian flag was hoisted over a building which is to serve as the administrative headquarters. Addressing a crowd of about 50 cheering tribesmen ferried across the Suez canal earlier in the day, the Governor of Sinai, Mohammed Abdel Moneim El Karamani said "We return to a dear part of our homeland which we shall never leave again".
Before the ceremony, trucks piled high with bedsteads and mattresses rolled into Ras Sudar for the return of more former residents later this month.
The installations were handed over to American technicians acting on behalf of Egypt last month. The oilfields have been producing four thousand barrels a day, and are the least important of those to be returned to Egypt under the interim agreement.
Bigger oil wells and installations at Abu Rudeis, south of Ras Sudar, are to be vacated by Israel at the end of the month, making Egypt once more a net exporter of oil rather than an importer.
The ceremony also included the return of about 30 kilometres (about 18 miles) of the Suez Gulf shoreline.