TEL AVIV (Jun. 22)
Reliable sources said here today that Palestinian Arab terrorists are being trained at air force bases in the People’s Republic of China to pilot fighter planes and helicopters. The terrorists are undergoing similar training at bases in Iraq and Libya but not in any Arab countries with borders contiguous to Israel, the sources said. They said it was assumed that once their training is completed, the terrorist flyers would be absorbed into air force unite of Arab countries and would not form a separate formation of their own.
Pilot training is the newest addition to the increasingly sophisticated military training being given to members of terrorist organizations. Their armament already includes anti-aircraft guns, missiles, and artillery. It was learned, in addition, that terrorist groups are making use of students in the administered territories. A Bethlehem student who was killed over the week-end while assembling a bomb is believed to have been working at the instructions of a terrorist organization.
The latter are said to use threats, blackmail and offers of money to coerce students into their service and to come to neighboring Arab countries during their summer vacations for training in terrorist techniques and sabotage.