The British government has refused to release documents containing information on the fate of three Israeli soldiers missing since 1982, because it claims the sensitive material could harm diplomatic ties with Syria, The Jewish Chronicle
In June 1982, the three Israeli soldiers, Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz and Zvi Feldman, went missing after clashing with Syrian and Palestinian troops near the Lebanese village of Sultan Yaqub during the Lebanon War. They are still officially missing in action.RELATED:Human rights group calls for release of Syrian activistPossible Syrian nuke facility identified by satellite
The UK's ambassador to Syria, Ivor Lucas, submitted a report to London on the day of the clash, and may have seen the soldiers' capture by Syrian troops, The Chronicle
A legal group from Manchester, acting on behalf of Zachary Baumel's
mother Miriam, is reportedly taking action over the silence from the UK
government, demanding the release of the information.
According to the report Miriam Baumel has unsuccessfully been lobbying
the UK government to see the Lucas report for two years. She has
repeatedly been rebuffed with the Foreign Office response: "We are
conscious that the release of sensitive information would cause harm to
our relationship with Syria."
"I just want the public to know this is a humanitarian matter," the
Chronicle quoted Baumel as saying. "We keep getting information that
these boys and my son were seen in Damascus and that there were
witnesses, and anyone who saw something or who could help must help. I
feel the possibilities are great that he is still alive, but certainly
the families of those who were seen in Damascus are entitled to closure,"
"I am calling on the British government to act in a humanitarian manner
and let the families know by releasing this document, for us to go
further in finding our children. If you have children, if one of your
children would be lost, how would you feel?" Baumel added.