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Hijacking / Cruise Ship #540626

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 08, 1985
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(Studio) Demands of Palestinian terrorists who hijacked Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in Mediterranean and unconfirmed report that some hostages have been killed noted; hijackers' failure to enlist Syria in event examined. Commando "Omar's" radio message quoted on screen, include demand to negotiate with Israel. Ship's possible current status outlined on screen, illustrated on map, discussed. President Reagan's stmt. on issue quoted on screen.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Rome, Italy) Reaction here to hijacking examined; scenes shown. Govt.'s handling of crisis described. [Govt. spokesperson Giuseppe PANOCCHIA - notes uncertainty over number Americans aboard.] Prime Min. Bettino Craxi quoted; ambassador Maxwell Rabb said declining comment. Italian government thought preparing for military rescue if necessary; details given.
REPORTER: Keith Miller

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) United States military options available discussed; United States Sixth Fleet's current Mediterranean maneuvers mentioned.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) State Department's perception of diplomacy efforts to end crisis described, discussed.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Damascus, Syria) Syria's refusal so far to become involved examined; continued inability to confirm reports that some American hostages have been killed noted.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bonnie Anderson, Tom Brokaw

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel's response to hijacking examined; scenes shown. West German president shown arriving here today, mentioned first such to visit Israel. [Prime Min. Shimon PERES - reiterates Israel's policy on terrorism.] Imprisoned terrorist Simir El-Konaitery, leaderof April 1979 attack on Nahariya, said primary target of hijackers' demands; details of 1979 raid reviewed. Israel's response to Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking recalled.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Upcoming item.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Fletcher, Martin;
Francis, Fred;
Kalb, Marvin;
Miller, Keith;
Anderson, Bonnie

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