• Short Summary

    ISRAELI AND ARAB TROOPS FACED EACH OTHER DIRECTLY ACROSS THE EGYPTIAN BORDER TODAY (SATURDAY) AS UNITED NATIONS FORCES ENDED THEIR ELEVEN YEAR PEACE-KEEPING VIGIL ON THE TROUBLED FRONTIER.

  • Description

    ISRAELI AND ARAB TROOPS FACED EACH OTHER DIRECTLY ACROSS THE EGYPTIAN BORDER TODAY (SATURDAY) AS UNITED NATIONS FORCES ENDED THEIR ELEVEN YEAR PEACE-KEEPING VIGIL ON THE TROUBLED FRONTIER.

    REUTER, QUOTING REPORTS FROM TEL AVIV, SAYS THAT ALL UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE POSITIONS ALONG THE FRONTIER HAVE BEEN EVACUATED, AND SOME POSITIONS ARE ALREADY OCCUPIED BY EGYPTIAN FORCES.

    AMONG THE POSTS EVACUATED BY THE UNITED NATIONS IS THE OUTPOST OF SHAREM EL SHEIKH, ON THE SOUTHERN TIP OF THE SINAI PENINSULA, AND COMMANDS THE APPROACH TO ISRAEL THROUGH THE TIRAN STRAITS, LINKING THE RED SEA AND THE GULF OF AQABA.

    BEFORE THE SINAI CAMPAIGN IN 1956, EGYPTIAN ARTILLERY AT THE POST BLOCKED THE ENTRY OF ISRAEL AND ISRAELI-BOUND SHIPPING.

    MEANWHILE, THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL, U THANT, SAID TODAY THE MIDDLE EAST SITUATION WAS MORE MENACING THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE THE SUEZ CRISIS OF 1956. HE SAID IT WAS EASY TO ENVISAGE A SERIES OF LOCAL CLASHES ACROSS THE ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN BORDER WHICH COULD EASILY ESCALATE INTO HEAVY CONFLICT.

    U THANT IS THE VISIT CAIRO NEXT WEEK FOR URGENT DISCUSSIONS WITH ARAB LEADERS. THE UNITED NATIONS FORCE HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE BORDER AT THE REQUEST OF EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES.

    TEN COUNTRIES CONTRIBUTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS FORCE -- BRAZIL, CANADA, COLOMBIA, DENMARK, FINLAND, INDIA, INDONESIA, NORWAY, SWEDEN AND YUGOSLAVIA. THE FORCE NUMBERED ABOUT SIX THOUSAND OFFICERS AND MEN, AND COST MORE THAN 10-MILLION U.S. DOLLARS A YEAR TO MAINTAIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAI2CAU19FYOR3P91XD2N6EEEZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAI2CAU19FYOR3P91XD2N6EEEZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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