BEIRUT — A Palestinian guerrilla group headed by Abu Nidal asked the International Committee of the Red Cross on Saturday to help move eight European prisoners it holds to a safe place.
In Geneva, the Red Cross promptly rejected the request.
The terrorists, in a statement sent to a news agency here, denied Belgian and French reports that the eight are Roman Catholics, saying they are "Zionist Jews."
"While our movement is exerting all efforts to preserve the prisoners' lives and safety, we would like you to clarify whether it is possible for the ICRC to help us move them to a safe place.
"We hope the International Committee of the Red Cross will convey to French and Belgian authorities that the prisoners were Jews affiliated to the Zionist movement," the statement said.