Arab military chiefs from 12 countries met in Cairo on Wednesday (24 November) to study military reports on the Middle East situation and to coordinate plans against Israel.
Arab military chiefs from 12 countries met in Cairo on Wednesday (24 November) to study military reports on the Middle East situation and to coordinate plans against Israel. During a four-hour closed session they heard a report from the Egyptian Chief of Staff Major General Saad Eldin El-Shazly, on military developments and requirements for a united Arab action.
Latest reports from Cairo indicate that Libya had threatened to walk out of the meetings unless the chiefs of Staff accepted Libyan proposals to make the battle against Israel a pan Arab effort.
Egypt was under new blackout restrictions on Wednesday, following an Interior Ministry statement that no lights should be visible from government buildings and factories street lights should be dimmed to half strength and car headlights should be painted blue. All neon advertisement have been banned.
The order came as the Ministry's official spokesman Tahsin Besoir told reporters Egypt was sparing no effort in mobilising world public opinion to reach a peaceful Middle East solution. "But Israel is pushing the conflict to the brink of war and the chances for a settlement are now very slim," he said.
SYNOPSIS: Arab military leaders from 12 countries met in Cairo on Wednesday to study military reports on the middle East situation and to coordinate plans gains Israel.
President Anwar Sadat had told army and air officers over the weekend that battle would be imminent unless Israel accepted a complete withdrawal. He had also told an African peace mission that Egypt would not make any concessions.
During Wednesday's four-hour meeting, the Egyptian Chief of Staff, Major-General Saad Eldin El-Shazly, reported to the Arab military head on military developments and the requirements for a united Arab action against Israel.
At the same time, a partial blackout and other civil defence measures went into effect throughout the country and n officials government spokesman warned that the chances of a settlement with Israel were now very slim. The Interior Ministry impose various lighting restrictions on streets, shops and neon advertising signs ranging from dimming to complete blackout. Care were ordered to have their headlights painted blue.
The Ministry ordered that no light should be visible from any Government building or factory, and that street lamps should be dimmed. Egypt's blackout restrictions have never bean formally lifted since the June 1967 war, but have bean observed only recently in times of crisis.