On Wednesday (May 13), israel released 55 Arab Guerrillas, the last of those captured at Karameh in March 1968.
LV People wait Jordan end of bridge
SV Trucks arrive
MV Man looks on
MV Released men off truck (3 shots)
MV PAN Head of local International Red Cross Committee escorts man over bridge.
SV Another man over bridge
SV Another man over
SV Another over bridge
CU Red Cross carrier bags, tilt to released men
LV Group at far end of bridge.
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Background: On Wednesday (May 13), israel released 55 Arab Guerrillas, the last of those captured at Karameh in March 1968. Karameh, a major Al Fatah base north of Jericho, was one of four Arab guerrilla bases attacked by Israeli troops, supported by tanks, aircraft and helicopters, in a punitive attack aimed at wiping them out. The Israelis said they killed 150 guerrillas and took an undisclosed number of prisoners in the 15-hour action.
The guerrillas were driven in trucks from Ramle prison, and handed over to Jordanian authorities waiting at the Jordan end of the bridge. There to manage the whole operation was Mr. Rochat, head of the local International Red Cross Committee.
There was a minimum of ceremony, with one guerrilla crossing the bridge at a time, escorted by Red Cross representatives.