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WHAT HAPPENED ON 23th January 2001?

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22nd January 2001

TWO UK FIRMS IN TALKS OVER IRAQI OIL

Ten years after the Gulf War at least two British oil companies have been holding meetings with Iraq about developing the country's oil fields. Shell has said it could invest up to #2bn in the oil fields. Premier Oil is also considering setting up there. There is growing pressure to lift UN sanctions on Iraq but Britain & the US still oppose the move. Iraq the second biggest oil resource is allowed only to trade oil for food.

23th January 2001

ARMED HIJACKER FORCES FLIGHT DIVERSION

An armed man claiming to be an Iraqi supporter of Saddam Hussein has been ovepowered after diverting a plane with the US ambassador to Yemen aboard. Two shots were fired but the 91 passengers on board the Boeing 727 on an internal flight within Yemen were not injured. The crew managed to overpower the hijacker who was holding a pistol. Most passengers including US envoy Barbara Bodine disembarked at Djibouti

23th January 2001

GULF AIR CREW FOIL BID TO HIJACK PLANE

The crew of a Gulf Air jet en route from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi have foiled an attempt to hijack the plane. The co-pilot & the chief steward were wounded while disarming the hijacker an Iraqi armed with a knife. The Airbus 340 which had stopped in Bangkok & which was carrying 262 passengers & 14 crew landed safely at Abu Dhabi. No passengers were hurt. The motive for the hijack attempt remains unclear.

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22nd January 2001

INDIA

A second test-launch of the Agni-II intermediate ballistic missile has been reportedly carried out. After the first test-fire last year Pakistan responded by firing its own missile. IRAQ President Saddam Hussein marked the 10th anniversary of the Gulf War with a TV address claiming Iraq had triumphed over its enemies in the war and would triumph again with God's help

23th January 2001

ARMED HIJACKER FORCES FLIGHT DIVERSION

An armed man claiming to be an Iraqi supporter of Saddam Hussein has been ovepowered after diverting a plane with the US ambassador to Yemen aboard. Two shots were fired but the 91 passengers on board the Boeing 727 on an internal flight within Yemen were not injured. The crew managed to overpower the hijacker who was holding a pistol. Most passengers including US envoy Barbara Bodine disembarked at Djibouti

23th January 2001

IRAQ "TO FIGHT BACK" AFTER ALLIED RAID

Iraq will fight back in the face of attacks by British & US warplanes which targeted radar systems outside Baghdad Saddam Hussein has said. The jets fired missiles at the radars which Britain said seriously threatened allied planes over the no-fly zones. Saddam told his Revolutionary Command Council he would not bow to "criminal American aggression towards Iraq". Iraq said two civilians were killed & more than 20 injured in the raids.

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