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Mideast / Arab Terrorists and Thai Israeli Embassy #19067

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 28, 1972
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(Studio) Terrorists from Arab Black September movement strike Israeli embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, seizing Israeli hostages.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Bangkok, Thailand) Thai army and police units, led by General Praphas Charusa-thien, number 2 man in Thai government, in command. Army surrounds embassy. 4 terrorists threaten to kill 2 embassy wives and Israeli ambassador to Cambodia, among others, unless Black September terrorists held in Israel released. Israeli Ambassador Shimon Avimor arrives on scene. [MESSENGER - describes Arab raid of embassy building] Dep. For. Chatichai Choonhavan and Air Marshal Dawee Chullasapya represent Thais, assisted by Egyptian Ambassador Mourtafa Falmay el-Essaway. [Thai spokesperson - says trying to settle matter peacefully.] Finally terrorists agree to release hostages in return for safe conduct out of country. Details of escape plan still being worked out.
REPORTER: Steve Bell

(Studio) Late reports say terrorists leaving country. Still haven't released hostages.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Bell, Steve;
Smith, Howard K.

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