An International Red Cross Committee reported in Geneva today (Saturday) that about 11,000 Egyptian prisoners of war of the Israelis has so far received permission to return to Egypt by crossing the Suez Canal.
An International Red Cross Committee reported in Geneva today (Saturday) that about 11,000 Egyptian prisoners of war of the Israelis has so far received permission to return to Egypt by crossing the Suez Canal. The Red Cross has been flying some of the most seriously wounded Egyptian troops home to Cairo from Lydda, Israel.
On Thursday, a group of 36 badly wounded Egyptian troops left Lydda Airport in a Red Cross DC-4. The airlift to Cairo was supervised by a Swiss physician, Dr Galliar, and assisted byu Israeli officials and personnel. A number of the Egyptian were so severely wounded that they had to be taken aboard by the plane on stretchers.
The International Red Cross Committee's special representatives in Israel told its Geneva headquarters today that although the major operations of regrouping the withdrawing Egyptians had been completed, it remained possible that a relatively small number of Egyptian troops had not yet been found in the Sinai Desert.
The report said the Israeli Army and Red Cross officials were continuing their search in the desert regions to give any Egyptians assistance and to bring them back to the Canal Zone, There, Egyptian soldiers -- under the supervision of Israeli and Egyptian commanders -- are embarking for the other side of the zone.
Meanwhile, Lt.Gen. Odd Bull, Chief of Staff of the U.N's Truce Supervisory Organisation, arrived in Tel Aviv to open talks with the Israeli Government on the problem of keeping the peace in the Middle East.