TEL AVIV (Dec. 16)
A spokesman for the Israeli Government today charged Britain with supplying the Arabs with American-made tanks. Five such tanks were knocked out by the Israeli Army on the Egyptian front in a battle ten days ago, the spokesman said.
The five tanks, it was established, were of an American model shipped to England in 1948. They were reshipped by Britain to Egypt during the past two months as reinforcements, the Israeli spokesman said. Each tank weighs seven tons and mounts a 75-millimeter gun and a heavy machinegun. These type of tanks were first seen in the Palestine war early this month.
(The War Office in London today denied that the five tanks were of a type made in the United States according to British specifications, or that Britain had recently sent them to Egypt, Reuters reported.)