Egypt warns of arrest of Ben Eliezer if he enters country

Following a documentary film about the Israeli military “Shaked” unit, which is believed to be responsible of killing 250 surrendering Egyptian soldiers during the Six Day War in June 1967, Egypt warned on Friday that the Israeli Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, who was in command of the army during the war, would be arrested if he enters Egypt.Egypt said that it holds Ben Eliezer responsible for the death of the 250 Egyptian soldiers who surrendered to the Israeli army during the war.

Egyptian Member of Parliament, Mustafa Bakri, said in a Friday interview with Kul Al Arab newspaper that Egypt “demands that these murderers and war criminals be brought to an Egyptian court”.

Bakri added that Benjamin Ben Eliezer and every Israeli soldier and officer who was involved in this slaughter of the Egyptian captive soldiers must be brought to justice.

Ben Eliezer was planning to visit Egypt but had to cancel his trip after the hour-long documentary was broadcast on the Israeli TV Channel 1 last week.

Ben-Eliezer canceled his trip to Cairo in the wake of the storm created by the hour-long film, called Ruach Shaked. It shown on Channel 1 last week as an eyewitness testimony given to him as he set about telling the tale of the unit, which patrolled the southern border from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, Israeli online daily, Jerusalem Post, reported

Meanwhile, the Egyptian parliament will hold an emergency session on Saturday to discuss the response of Shalom Cohen, the Israeli Ambassador to Egypt.

Cohen met on Wednesday with the head of the Israel department in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, as was requested, to provide explanations on the content of the documentary film.

Also, the Israeli Radio reported that several Egyptian members of parliament submitted proposals to cut ties with Israel and to expel Cohen from the Cairo department.

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Saed Bannoura

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