Egypt appears to have hardened its attitude over the exchange of prisoners of war with Israel.
Egypt appears to have hardened its attitude over the exchange of prisoners of war with Israel. After agreeing on some points of the exchange, particularly with regard to wounded prisoners, an Egyptian official said on Thursday (November 1st) that an exchange would only take place after a successful peace conference. He said some wounded prisoners might be exchanged if Israel withdrew to the positions held at the time of the October 22 ceasefire call.
The Israelis have been demanding an exchange of prisoners prior to any withdrawal of their forces. On Wednesday (October 31), reports said Israel had reached an agreement with Egypt on the exchange of wounded prisoners.
Announcing the agreement , the Defence Minister, Moshe Dayan, said he hoped Egypt would ??? a full list of Israeli POW's. He also hoped that Egypt would ??? representatives of the International Red Cross to visit the Israeli prisoners, and finally agree to a general exchange. Earlier, the Israeli Government decided to delay the evacuation of wounded Egyptian prisoners until Egypt co-operated with Red Cross demands. The Defence Minister said he'd been told by the Red Cross that their delegates in Egypt and Syria had not received permission to visit Israeli prisoners. Nor had they been given medical reports on their condition.