Report: Israeli delegation arrives in Egypt to search for bodies of 22 missing soldiers

Of the 22 soldiers, 16 went missing during the Yom Kippur War, two during the War of Attrition and four during the Six Day War.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
December 25, 2014 12:54
Destroyed Israeli armor near Ismailia

Destroyed Israeli armor near Ismailia. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Israeli personnel arrived in Cairo early Thursday morning in an attempt to find the remains of 22 soldiers who went missing during Israel’s wars in Egypt, sources quoted in the Egyptian media said.

Of the 22 soldiers, 16 went missing during the Yom Kippur War, two during the War of Attrition (from 1967-1970) and four during the Six Day War.

The sources said that the delegation arrived in a Jordanian plane from Amman. The IDF did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

The visit is the first of its kind since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The last such visit took place in February 2010 and the current squad is expected to renew its search for the soldiers’ burial place in a few separate areas of Egypt.

The previous delegation’s searches focused on the Abu Atwa High School in the city of Ismailia, which sits on the west bank of the Suez Canal. During the Yom Kippur War, the IDF advanced to the periphery of the city, and it is possible that body parts of Israeli soldiers are still buried there.


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