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Waves of Protest greet peace deal
The treaty ending 30 years of war between Egypt and Israel was signed by President Sadat and Mr Begin on the White House lawn yesterday against a background of Arab anger with Egypt, and warnings that even tougher negotiations lie ahead on the Palestinians issue.
As waves of protests swept the Arab world, a leading moderate, King Hussein, joined the hard-line Presidents of Syria and Iraq in calling a summit conference of opponents of the treaty and the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat threatened that President Sadat would be “eliminated” as a traitor.
The Washington signing ceremony was described by Mr Sadat and Mr Begin as an “historic turning point,” and Mr Sadat paid particular tribute to the role of President Carter, hailing him as “the man that performed the miracle.”
Haggling over the timetable for Israel’s evacuation of the Sinai oilfields and the coastal town of El Arish went on almost to the last minute, and it was apparent that Egypt and Israel still have serious differences over the extent to which Arabs in the Gaza Strip and on the West Bank will have self rule.
Report by Arthur Chesworth: Amman
Jordan is moving perilously close to civil war. Plans are ready for the evacuation of Britons.
Fierce new fighting exploded today when King Hussein’s army moved against the Arab guerrillas here in Amman and in the northern town of Irbid.
I am typing this report sitting on the marble floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, my back against the wall. This hotel is on a hill over looking the fighting in Amman.
The building is being shaken by explosions of heavy artillery shells and mortar bombs.
Movement outside is impossible, the hotel is under constant sniper fire. All guests have been ushered down to the air raid shelter. Among them are mothers and children released by the Arab guerrillas from the Trans World and Swissair jets they hold in the desert.
The post office was attacked by guerrillas in the centre of the old city then they blasted away with mortars at army strongholds.
With Jordan on the brink of civil war Amman radio broadcast orders by army chief General Haditha and guerrilla chief Yasser Arafat. They directed their men to stop firing.
The fighting eased, but at nightfall sporadic automatic fire and rocket explosions could still be heard.
General Haditha is known to be sympathetic to the guerrillas , in his radio statement he said he had been entrusted with “full responsibility” by King Hussein.
Syria: Travellers from Jordan reaching the Syrian border town of Dera’a said Amman looked “as if it was burning”
The travellers said that when they drove through the north Jordan town of Irbid guerrillas showed them the bodies of seven of their men killed and,it was alleged, beheaded by the soldiers.
London: There are thought to be about 4,000 Briton’s in Jordan, most of them in Amman, writes squire Barraclough.
The British ambassador, Mr John Philips, has warned them through a ” Warden system” to be ready to move quickly with minimum luggage.
In London last night it was not made clear how an evacuation would be carried out.
The international Red Cross might be asked to supervise the operation. R.A.F. Planes in Cyprus would be the nearest British aircraft for the job.
Washington: The U.S. is selling Israel more Phantom fighter bombers. The number is reported to be about 16.