Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal leads to war as Israel attacks Egypt, and France and Britain embark troops for transport to a joint staging area at the island of Cyprus. View of commercial ships in the Suez canal. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. in discussion with officials. French troops embarking a transport ship in the port of Marseille, France. Brief glimpse of their destination port at Cyprus. British troops boarding airliners to take them to Cyprus where they will reinforce the existing British garrison. British and French carriers and warships assembling in the Eastern Mediterranean sea. A flight of four British Hawker Hunter jet fighter-bombers are seen flying in formation. Closeup of one inflight, with rockets mounted beneath its wings. Closeup of a rocket under its right wing. Scene shifts to another Hawker Hunter armed differently. It displays four outer wing rocket rails on each wing, carrying three rockets each. Auxiliary fuel tanks are installed on pylons under each wing. View of the White House in Washington DC. Inside, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles discuss the Suez situation. Next, speaking at a press conference, President Eisenhower states , "the Unite States was not consulted in any way about any phase of these actions, nor were we informed about them in advance." He asserts America's intent not to become involved and to bring the matter before the UN General Assembly where their is no threat of a veto. He states his intent to "keep in contact with Congressional leaders of both parties," and expresses hope that the United Nations can bring an end to this "tormenting problem." View of the United Nations General Assembly building in New York City. Inside U.S. Secretary of State, Dulles, is seen seated next to America's UN ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Glimpse of the General assembly with all delegates seated.
The Cyprus Riots in Cyprus. The British strive to preserve law and order. Hanging of two Cypriot rebels brings violence in the city. Rioters and British troops battle on streets. Troops throw tear gas bombs. The rioters held captive by British troops.
Violence and death marks the Cyprus insurrection. Riots take place. Cypriot teenagers clash with British Military Police officers in a rock throwing battle. Tear gas used to break the demonstration. Rebels bomb the trucks and jeeps in the streets as they participate in the campaign for independence.
Greek Prime Minister Constantine karamanlis arrives in New York for raising the question of Cyprus at the United Nations General Assembly. Prime Minister with other delegates climbs down a ladder of an aircraft at an airport. He is greeted by representatives of Greek-American organizations. The representatives hold the flags of Greece. Constantine karamanlis speaks to two of the representatives.
Greek- Turkish feud leads to uneasy conditions in Cyprus. Greek students during a demonstration against British and United States proposals that NATO troops help maintain a truce between Greeks and Turks. Students with banners angrily demonstrate on roads. President of Cyprus addresses a crowd. The United States embassy in Cyprus where bombs were thrown. A man inspects the damage to equipment and building. Cars and jeeps damaged by bombs thrown on U.S. ans British embassies. United States evacuates its citizens from Cyprus. People climb stairs to get into a United States airplane.
A released hostage, talking with Red Cross officer on Cyprus.He appears, seated with two women at a press conference and surrounded by standing men, some of whom are taking notes of his remarks. View of him earlier, being escorted between Greek and Turkish Cypriot sectors. by British officers of the Cyprus Garrison. They are walking across a railroad bridge with walkways. The railroad, itself, is barricaded. The British officers turn him over to waiting Red Cross personnel. The repatriated man is seen conversing with a uniformed Red Cross Officer and several other men. Later he is seen sitting on a bench beside a uniformed Red Cross woman who wears white gloves. The repatriated man sits before a number of broadcasting microphones, in a garden, flanked by two women, and surrounded by a group of other persons. He is interviewed by reporters and responds to their questions.