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Hijackers seized a Jordanian jetliner at Beirut airport and forced it on a 13-hour journey over the Mediterranean before returning to Beirut for the second time. The gunmen freed five passengers and threatened to kill the others unless an Arab League leader went to the airport to talk with them. The Boeing 727, with about 70 aboard, including two Americans, made refueling stops on Cyprus and Sicily, and was refused permission to land in Tunis or fly over Syria.


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