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Doctoir calDed aboard hijacked plane
From Associated Press reports
v NICOSIA, Cyprus Masked
Arabs wielding grenades and pistols
and demanding freedom for pro
Iranian terrorists in Kuwait Wednes
day called a doctor aboard a hijacked
be members of Kuwait's royal family.
The physician, identified only as
Islamic Republic News Agency
(IRNA) as describing the condition
of:one of the women as "not satis
factory." The hijackers reportedly
'-said some passengers were "unwell."
- 'Iran's official media reported the
five or six Arabic-speaking hijackers
said Tuesday that three members of
Kuwait's royal Al-Sabah family on
the jet would be in "imminent danger"
From Associated Press reports
BEITA, Occupied West Bank
A holiday hike by Israeli teenagers
ended Wednesday in a melee of
shooting and stone-throwing in an
Arab town. A 14-year-old Israeli girl
and two Palestinians were killed.
.-Hours after the clash, Jewish
settlers raided the nearby Arab village
pf Hawwara, smashing car wind
shields, beating villagers and breaking
into homes, said Jihad Howari, the
Israeli-appointed head of the village
; :The youngsters, children of Jewish
settlers on the Occupied West Bank,
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unless Kuwait freed 17 convicted pro-
Iranian extremists in 12 hours.
Kuwait rejected the demand.
The deadline passed at 10 a.m.
(2:30 a.m. EDT), according to Tehran
radio. The hijackers then contacted
the Mashhad Airport tower in north
eastern Iran "to remind that the
respite is nearing the end," IRNA
The doctor did not identify the
women he treated or say what was
wrong with them. He said he asked
the hijackers to let the women leave
the plane, but they refused, IRNA
According to a passenger list from
the Kuwait Airways Boeing 747, they
were the only women among the 87
hostages remaining after the release
ting ends in
were on a Passover outing and had
stopped for a picnic lunch when the
trouble began with stone-throwing.
Members of the group said Arabs
offering to help them led their party
Arabs wrestled two automatic rifles
from the group's two Israeli guards
but did not fire them, the army
Arab witnesses said the Israelis
started the trouble by killing an Arab.
Army spokesmen originally said
the girl, Tirza Porat and several other
Israeli teenagers were shot but
reported later that she was killed by
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today of 24 female passengers and
The Kuwaiti cabinet called the
hijackers' demands "blackmail," and
it sent a team to Iran to negotiate
with the hijackers after meeting in
emergency session under Crown
Prince Sheik Saad al-Abdullah Al
Sabah. The team, made up of an unspec
ified number of Foreign Ministry
officials and some physicians, arrived
in Mashhad Wednesday afternoon,
The U.S. State Department said it
believed there were no Americans
aboard the jet, which was comman
deered Tuesday en route to Kuwait
from Bangkok and forced to land in
Iran. The hijackers have threatened
Eleven of the 18 hikers, the 60-year-old
man acting as guide and one of
the two Israeli guards were injured,
and two Palestinians were wounded
by gunfire, the army said.
Tirza Porat's death was the first
of an Israeli civilian in the violence
that has swept the occupied West
Bank and Gaza Strip since Dec. 8.
Israelis have been especially sen
sitive to the possibility of attacks on
children, and warnings followed
Wednesday's fatal confrontation.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
said on Israeli radio, ' Israel will cut
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to blow up the plane.
One man still aboard the plane has
a U.S. and an Egyptian passport.
Twelve Britons were still on board.
In London, Foreign Office Minister
Lynda Chalker said Britain stood by
Kuwait's refusal not to yield to the
British Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher said, "We do not give in
to blackmail because it only leads to
According to the passenger list, the
two women from Kuwait's royal
family are Ebtesam Khaled Al-Sabah
and Anware Khaled Al-Sabah. A
male member of the royal family on
the jet was identified as Fadel Khaled
off the murderers' hands and will not
let the evil terror achieve its aim."
According to Israeli witnesses and
the army, the hikers stopped for a
picnic lunch in a dry riverbed just
outside Beita, 10 miles southeast of
Nablus. Shmuel Fuchs, 15, said they
had just sat down when a group of
Arabs started throwing rocks.
The Israelis left the area, but "soon
we discovered we were being followed
by dozens of Arabs," said Fuchs,
whose right arm and chest were
bandaged. He spoke from his bed in
Jerusalem s Haaassan Hospital.
The right choice.
Noriega debates accepting
mediation as U.S. troops arrive
From Associated Prtss reports
PANAMA CITY, Panama -Giant
cargo planes loaded with
soldiers, arms and helicopters
landed almost hourly Wednesday
as the United States completed
deployment of 1,300 extra troops
The country's Defense Forces
chief, Gen. Manuel Noriega,
appeared to be seesawing on
whether to accept mediation in
Panama's political crisis.
Late Tuesday, the government
sent a communique to news organ
izations conditionally accepting a
mediation offer by Monsignor
Marcos G. McGrath, the Roman
Catholic archbishop of Panama.
Within hours, the government's
press office withdrew the commu
nique without explanation.
Reagan remark downplayed
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.
White House spokesman Marlin
Fitzwater today described as "a
throwaway remark" a comment by
President Reagan indicating
approval of the notion of pardon
ing indicted former aide Oliver
Reagan did not say he would
pardon former White House aides
or others accused in the Iran
contra affair. But, after hearing a
proposal for pardons, he did say,
"I like the sound of those words,"
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said one congressman quoted in
the Washington Post.
Another congressman quoted
Reagan as saying, "I like hearing
what you said," after Rep. Henry
Hyde suggested the president
should pardon North and former
national security adviser John
Poindexter at the end of Reagan's
Hyde, R-Ill., suggested the
pardons be signed during cere
monies at the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington.
Drug ring laundering described
WASHINGTON A Colom
bian cocaine ring made such
enormous profits that it created its
own courier service to move the
cash, a convicted money launderer
told Congress Wednesday.
"Basically, there is no effective
interdiction for money," Ramon
Rodriguez told a Senate foreign
relations subcommittee. "The
problem the launderer faces is
security, not an authority per se."
Rodriguez, a Cuban-born
accountant, is serving a 43-year
prison term for money laundering.
He has admitted serving as a chief
U.S. money launderer for the
From Associated Press reports
MANAGUA, Nicaragua Con
tra and Sandinista military represen
tatives agreed Wednesday on seven
zones where rebels will gather during
their 60-day cease-fire, state radio
The two sides remained far apart,
however, on key issues to bring about
a permanent peace.
The meeting in the southern border
town of Sapoa, the fourth set of talks
in less than a month, dealt with the
mechanics of Dursuine the truce
which went into effect Friday.
The Voice of Nicaragua, broad
casting from Sapoa, said boundaries -were
set for two zones in the north, ;
two in central Nicaragua, two on the j
remote Caribbean coast and one in;
the south. j
On March 23, the two sides for-'
mally agreed to the truce as part of ;
a plan to end the war that killed or
wounded an estimated 50,000 people j
over a span of nearly seven years. ;.;
The contras are to gather in the j
zones during the first 15 days of April.
It was not clear whether the two ;
sides had agreed on security assuran-
ces for the contras and how they
would receive humanitarian;
Neither the leftist Sandinista
government nor the Nicaraguan
Resistance, the U.S.-supported con-;
tra rebel organization, is satisfied with
the other side's compliance with the
From Associated Press reports
HANOI, Vietnam Vietnam on
Wednesday delivered remains said to
be those of 27 missing Americans, and
it threatened to stop the search if the
United States continues accusing it
of playing politics with the dead.
In a solemn military ceremony, 27
sets of remains were put on a U.S.
Air Force transport jet to be flown
to Army laboratories in Honolulu for
authentication. It was the largest
delivery yet by the Vietnamese.
Hanoi also turned over three sets
of remains described as those of
ethnic Asians who also may be
missing Americans from the long war
in Vietnam, which ended with a
communist victory in April 1975.
The large delivery had encouraged
U.S. officials to anticipate more help
from Hanoi, but senior Vietnamese
officials had sharp comments about
allegations that they warehouse
remains and return them gradually
for political reasons.
They also said Washington should
help finance Vietnam's reconstruc
tion if it wants a full account of the
1,767 Americans still listed as missing
in action (MIA).
Foreign Minister Nguyen Co
Thach, who met with U.S. Sen. Larry
Pressler. R-S.D.. on Wednesdav
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reniagon statement that Vietnam :
was returning remains gradually, said :
an American participant in the talks.
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head of Vietnam's MIA accounting
office, said in an interview Tuesday.
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