Yesterday (Thursday) the Isreali Army handed over the bodies of nine Egyptian soldiers to the International Red Cross in the war-torn Canal-side town of El Kantara.
Yesterday (Thursday) the Isreali Army handed over the bodies of nine Egyptian soldiers to the International Red Cross in the war-torn Canal-side town of El Kantara. The International Red Cross then ferried the bodies across the Canal to the Egyptian-held shore for burial.
The nine soldiers died in an unsuccessful Egyptian attack on an Israeli Army defence post last Monday (7th July).
The negotiations for the hand-over began shortly after the attack ended. Both sides worked with the International Red Cross to arrange the repatriation through the battle-scarred town of El Kantara, in Israel-occupied Sinai.
A party of Israel pall-bearers carried the coffins from an Army truck to the shores of the Canal. International Red Cross officials then carried a large Red Cross flag to the water's edge, and this was the signal for an Egyptian launch wearing a Red Cross flag to get under way to cross the Canal.
An Israeli guard of honour stood by as the bodies were loaded aboard the black and white launch, which then returned to the Egyptian shore. On the Egyptian bank, another guard of honour was waiting, and the bodies were given a full military funeral.