Egypt accused Israel of killing 70 civilian factory workers in a bombing raid yesterday (Thursday) on a metal industry plant at Abou Zabal 20 miles North East of Cairo.
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SV PAN Another wrecked building with debris in F/G
GV Tangled wreckage
GV Men in F/G - wrecked shed in B/G
SV PAN another wrecked building
GV TILT UP factory truck with fractured window
CU Bomb crater
SV Dead camel near trucks
SV Smouldering truck
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MV Int. injured man in hospital bed TILT TO bandaged lag
CU Badly burnt face of another men
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Background: Egypt accused Israel of killing 70 civilian factory workers in a bombing raid yesterday (Thursday) on a metal industry plant at Abou Zabal 20 miles North East of Cairo.
The raid, which was described by an Israeli statement as a technical error which resulted in bombs being dropped outside the target area, came as President Nasser was about to open talks in Cairo with the leaders of Libya and Sudan.
After the raid the Israeli Defence Minister, General Moshe Dayan, sent urgent messages to Egypt saying that a delayed-action bomb may have been dropped in a civilian area near Cairo.
The bombing also wounded 100 civilians according to Cairo and casualties were the biggest civilian death toll in a single raid since the June war of 1967, About 2,000 workers had just started work at the time of the raid which completely destroyed two of the factory units -- the maintenance workshop and the power plant.
Casualties were taken to nearby hospitals and a hospital director said that some of the dead and wounded showed signs of napalm burns. Grim-faced relatives crowded the hospital corridors.
The Israeli planes, said by Arab sources to be United States-made Phantoms, dropped five napalm bombs and several delayed action bombs, according to officials at the factory, Egyptian army engineers defused the time bombs lying in the rubble of the plant.