Sarid: “In 1967, Israeli army executed 250 unarmed Egyptian soldiers”

Former Meretz party leader in Israel, Yossi Sarid said in an interview with the Egyptian daily, Al Ahram, that the Israeli army executed 250 unarmed Egyptian soldiers at the end of the 1967 war.!– @page { size: 21.59cm 27.94cm; margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } –>Saird described the incident as a war crime, since it involved the killing of unarmed soldiers.

Israeli TV Channel one, aired a documentary earlier this week and revealed that an elite unit of the Israeli army, commanded by Labor member of Knesset, Benjamin Ben Eliezer, executed 250 unarmed Egyptian soldiers after they surrendered to the Israeli army.

“The killing of those captive soldiers in the Six Day War was a war crime”, Saird told Al Ahram, “But war crimes in the area are numerous”.

The report received intensive media coverage in Egypt, Israeli news reported.

During the interview, Sarid said that he did not see the documentary, but added that he was aware that Israeli troops carried out war crimes against Arab soldiers during the war.

He also told Al Ahram that “it is difficult to punish those responsible for these crimes since they happened 40 years ago”, and added that “history will remember and judge those people”.

 

Three years ago, a diplomatic crisis strained the relations between Israel and Egypt after the Egyptian Foreign Ministry demanded Israel to pay compensations for Egypt for the murdering of those soldiers.

Responding to the report, Ben Eliezer claimed that the casualties were killed in combat and that they “were Palestinian fighters and not Egyptian soldiers”.

 

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Saed Bannoura

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