The Egyptian military spokesman, Major General Ezeddin Mokhtar, told a press conference on Monday (November 5th) that Israel had prevented medical supplies from entering the town of Suez and had not handed over prisoners.
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Well, I wish to comfort everyone, of course, that the town of Suez has not fallen. The town of Suez stands very firm, and is firm through its defenders. This is substantiated by the official statements and communiques that have been released on the 24th and 25th. The enemy stopped the flow of supplies to the town of Suez, and it cut the water flow. Despite the agreement there was between the Israeli forces and the Red Cross that plasma and other medicines would be allowed to enter the town of Suez, they've stopped that and impeded the convoys for two days and stopped the plasma from reaching the town of Suez. I wish to say that there is an agreement - an agreement about the exchange of the wounded. This has been honoured by us four days ago, but it has not been fulfilled on the part of the enemy.
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Background: The Egyptian military spokesman, Major General Ezeddin Mokhtar, told a press conference on Monday (November 5th) that Israel had prevented medical supplies from entering the town of Suez and had not handed over prisoners. Both these actions were violations of the ceasefire, he said.
General Mokhtar claimed that Egypt was quite ready to stand by the territorial positions drawn up in the ceasefire of October 22nd. The Israelis have said these positions are far from clear. General Mokhtar also referred to the visit of United States Secretary of State, Dr. henry Kissinger, who was due to arrive the ??? day. But first he assured the assembled newsmen that the town of ??? was safe and that the Egyptian Third Army was far from finished. He spoke through an English interpreter.