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    The Soviet delegate, Mr. Jacob Malik, walked out of the United Nations Security Council on?

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    The Soviet delegate, Mr. Jacob Malik, walked out of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday (9 October 1973) in protest against the Israeli air-raid on Damascus. He left the hall during a speech by Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah, who was expressing his Government's condolences for the loss of life in the attack on the Syrian capital. Mr. Malik interrupted him to say he was "unwilling to hear excuses and condolences from the representatives of the murderers and international gangsters." The Soviet Cultural Centre was hit in the raid and several Soviet diplomats were reported killed.

    In regretting the loss of life, Mr. Takoah was expressing especial condolences to the Governments of the Soviet Union and Norway (a Norwegian officer with the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization had been killed), when Mr. Malik made his protest. The walkout was applauded loudly by delegates mostly form the Arab countries. Other Soviet delegates remained in the Chamber after Mr Malik walked out.

    Earlier, the Syrian and Egyptian delegates spoke out against the raid.

    SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations on Tuesday, the Security Council continued its debate on the Middle East. The Israeli air-raid on Damascus was raised by several speakers among them Syrian Ambassador Haissam Kalani.

    A United Nations truce observer from Norway had been killed in the attack, as had several civilians. Soviet diplomats were also reported to be among the victims. Mr. Kelani said the raid had shown that Israel lacked all regard for values and international conventions regarding the protection of civilians in time of war.

    After the Syrian speech, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed el-Zayyat condemned the raid and Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah expressed condolences for the dead. First, the Egyptian speech:
    It was at this point in Mr. Tekoah's speech that the Soviet Ambassador Mr. Jacob Malik interrupted him.

    Mr. Malik called the Israelis murderers and international gangsters before walking out. The rest of the Soviet delegation remained in the Chamber. The applause for the protest came mainly from Arab delegates.

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