Federation of South Arabia (Air Attack)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham 12:00 am, 1st August 1966

The High Commissioner has informed me that at 08.30 hours local time on 30th July two aircraft, believed to have been MiGs, appeared over Nuqub, in the Amirate of Baihan, from the direction of the Yemen. After making one high-level run the aircraft carried out two low-level strafing attacks on the town from a height of approximately 500 feet, one from the south-east and one from the north-west.

During the course of these attacks they fired 20 mm. cannon and ·5 machine gun, using a mixture of high explosive and incendiary rounds. Three Arab children were wounded and a total of 75 hits have so far been counted on houses in the town.

I am sure that the House will wish to express its sympathy with the victims of this savage and unprovoked attack and with their families.

Hunter aircraft are patrolling the area and our forces in South Arabia will continue to provide all necessary assistance in the defence of the Federation in accordance with our obligations under the 1959 Treaty.