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PLO Ferrying Fighters from a Base in North Yemen to Beirut

The Palestine Liberation Organization is using civilian aircraft with Red Crescent markings to ferry PLO fighters from a base in Sanaa, North Yemen, to Beirut by way of Jedda in Saudi Arabia, the Arab affairs correspondent of Voice of Israel Radio reported Monday.

According to the report, El Fatah, the PLO’s military branch, acquired four DC-8 transports for the purpose. They are painted with the Red Crescent, the symbol of the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross, to deceive the Saudi authorities, Syrian intelligence and the Shiite Amal militia which has been battling Palestinians in Lebanon.