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    Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Glada Meir seemed overcome by emotion, when with eyes brimming with?

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    Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Glada Meir seemed overcome by emotion, when with eyes brimming with tears, she welcomed Israeli prisoners returning from captivity in Egypt on Friday, (November 16). Mrs. Meir was first aboard the plane that brought the second load of freed Israeli prisoners since the Egyptian-Israeli prisoner exchange started on Thursday (November 15).

    At one stage Mrs. Meir caressed the head of one of the prisoners and planted a kiss on his cheek.

    On board the Red Cross plane were 18 wounded Israelis captured in the October was and nine others - looking fit and well - who have been held by the Egyptians for three years.

    It brought to 52 the number of Israelis, most wounded, who had been returned from Egypt since the exchange began - in return for nearly 1,000 Egyptians by Friday afternoon.

    By Saturday night over 3,000 of the 8,000 Egyptian prisoners held by Israel had returned to Cairo. A further 20 Israelis arrived in Tel Aviv and 27 more were due later in the day.

    The agreement to begin exchanging prisoners was reached at a meeting at kilometre 101 on the Cairo Suez road between high ranking Egyptian and Israeli officers.

    The Israeli Minister of Defence, General Moshe Dayan, said an exchange of prisoners with Syria was the next objective. Syria has not yet provided a list of the names of prisoners it took in the fighting on the Golan Heights.

    SYNOPSIS: At Lod Airport, on Friday a Red Cross 'plane returns twenty-seven Israelis from captivity - and fighters swoop in salute.

    Prime Minster Mrs. Golda Meir was first on board the aircraft to welcome the prisoners home. Also there - Minister of Defence General Moshe Dayan. At one stage, seventy-five-year-old Mrs. Meir had caressed the head of one of he soldiers and planted a kiss on his cheek.

    On the plane were eighteen Israelis injured in the October war, and nine, apparently fit and well, who have been held in Egypt for three years.

    Mrs. Meir was overcome by emotion - and her eyes brimmed with tears as she watched the returning wounded.

    While the Israelis were welcoming their men home, three hundred Egyptians captured in the recent war were flying back to Egypt from Israel. By Saturday three thousand of the eight thousand Egyptian prisoners had been released, and one hundred israelis. Mrs. Meir later expressed satisfaction with the implementing of the cease-fire agreement.

    After the heroes welcome and the presentation of flowers, the Israeli wounded were taken to Ten Hashomer Military Hospital near Tel Aviv.

    After medical check-ups they were taken to the wards.

    Later, General Dayan said he hope the momentum of the exchange agreement would lead to discussion about a peace agreement. But he expressed anxiety about the unknown number of Israelis held in Syria after the Golan Heights fighting.

    The exchange of prisoners with Syria was the next objective.

    But for these soldiers in hospital the war and captivity are very definitely over.

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