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Hijacking / Cyprus / Palestinian Guerrillas #248270

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Sep 05, 1976
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(Studio) 3 Palestinian guerrillas free 75 hostages from hijacked Dutch plane in Larnaca, Cyprus, today. Flight originated Saturday in Malaga, Spain; was taken by guerrillas shortly after takeoff from Nice, France. Was flown to Tunis, Algeria and then to Larnaca; guerrillas threatened to blow up plane if Israel didn't release 8 prisoners; Israel refused.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Larnaca, Cyprus) Plane refueled in Cyprus; thought to be headed for Damascus, but pilot radioed he was going to Tel Aviv. Israeli planes prevented landing and plane returned to Larnaca. After negotiations, hijackers released hostages and gave up. Hostages say they weren't mistreated; hijackers say this is only way to let world know what's happening in Palestine.
REPORTER: Alex Efthyvoulos

(Studio) Hijackers believed going to Libya. Dutch government says it's relieved hostages safe; but regrets Cypriot decision to free hijackers.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Efthyvoulos, Alex;
Schieffer, Bob

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