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May 10, 1972 - Image 13

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Wednesday, May 10, 1972


Poge Thirteen

Israeli troops rescue hostages
on hijacked Belgian jetliner4,

TEL AVIV (P - Israeli para-
troopers disguised as mechanics
burst into a hijacked Belgian
jetliner yesterday, killing two
Arab hijackers, capturing two
others, and releasing 97 host-
The rescuers took over the
plane, which the Arab guer-
illas had threatened to blow
up with all aboard, 21 hours
after it had landed at Tel Aviv
International Airport.
The hijackers had demanded
that Israel free from 100-300
Arab guerilla prisoners, a n d
fly them to Cairo in exchange
for the lives of the plane's pas-
The two male hijackers were
shot to death, and the two fe-
male hijackers - one seri:tusly
wounded - were captured when
18 combat troops took over the
plane. Two of the soldiers, and
6 passengers were wounded in

the assault.
Passengers said the hijackers
took control of the Sabena air-
craft over Zagreb, Yugoslavia,
on Monday after a stop in Vien-
na, Austria, on a flight from
Brussels to Tel Aviv.
To approach the plane, t h e
troops concealed their guns be-
neath white overalls and pre-
tended to be mechanics repair-
ing the jetliner.
Hours earlier, during t h e
night, the air escaped from the
plane's tires and the ydraulic
system, for some of its wheels
had been drained, crippling the
jetliner so it could not take off
for Cairo.
The white-clad troops clamber-
ed onto the plane, burst open the
doors and opened fire. Passeng-
ers said the guerrilla chieftain,
who called himself Capt. Rafat
and wore a wig, was hit immed-
itely between the eyes.

- - ------ ----

The other male terrorist was
killed in a blast of gunfire. Ore
woman hijacker was hit and the
interior of the passenger cabin
was sprayed with blood.
The pilot, Capt. Reginald Levy,
climbed out of the plane woth
blood over his hands, but lie
was smiling.
"Thanks very much. It' a
lovely day," he told Defense
Minister Moche Dayan, Lt. Gen.
David Elazar, Israel's Chief of
Staff, and four other generals
who stood beside the plane.
This is the second time t h e
Israelis have killed to 4tcp a
hijacking, and the first time
Arab hijackers were netted in-
side Israel. In September, 1970,
Israeli security guards shir and
killed Patrick Arguello, an
American who had tried to take
over an El Al 707 en route from
Tel Aviv .to New York.
A statement issued in Beirut
said the hijackers eore members
of the Black September Organ-
ization, an underground Pales-
tinian group named for the Sep-
tember, 1970, civil war in Jordan.
The Black Septemberists claim
the assassination of Jordanian
Prime Minister Wasfi Tell last
year in Cairo was carried out by
members of their group.
"If other countries acted the
way we did hijackings would
stop," said Elazar.
"We have succeeded," Prem-
ier Golda Meir told parliament.
"The government assumed the
responsibility of not submitting
to violence and blackmail, and
not releasing hundreds of deta'n-
ed killers," she added.
"But the danger of destruction
hung over the heads of 10 pc-o-
ple. The government was fully
aware of the terrible signifi-
cance of surrendering to the ter-


Miners found alive
At least two miners have been found alive nearly a mile under-
ground in the Sunshine silver mine, according to a late Associated
Press bulletin. Pictured is U.S. Bureau of Mines Inspector Don-
ald Morris as he begins the long journey down into Number 12
shaft of the burning mine in Kellogg, Idaho. Over 50 miners are
still missing.
news briefs
by The Associated Press
SEN. EDMUND MUSKIE joined Ralph Nader yesterday in
accusing large corporations and banks of undermining the local
property-tax system and living off it as parasites.
Nader gave a Senate, Government Operations subcommittee a
number of examples where he said corporation properties are under-
The Maine senator made his first appearance at a Senate hear-


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ing since he withdrew as an active candidate in the Democratic
presidential primaries.
U-M Barbers He said the examples cited by Nader are part of a "national
pattern of property-tax evasions."
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Monday-S tura po . survey released yesterday by the National Commission on Mari-
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The findings indicate that 1.5 million young people between
Michigan Union the ages of 12 and 17 have tried heroin at least once and over 700,-
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