Israel Requests Security Council Meeting on “bat Galim” Seizure

Israel today formally requested a meeting of the Security Council in connection with Egypt’s blockade of the Suez Canal and detention of the Bat Galim and its crew of ten. The Council is expected to meet next Tuesday or Wednesday to consider Israel’s request, according to Secretariat sources.

Abba S. Eban, Israel’s permanent delegate to the United Nations, made the request in a letter to this month’s president of the Council, Charles Malik of Lebanon. The letter reads:

“I have the honor to refer once more to my government’s complaint against Egypt concerning the enforcement by that country of restrictions on the passage of ships trading with Israel through the Suez Canal.

“In view of the fact that the S.S. Bat Galim, together with its crew and cargo, has not yet been released from unlawful detention by Egypt to proceed on its journey to Haifa through the Suez Canal, I have the honor, on instructions from my government, to request that a meeting of the Security Council be called at an early date in order that the matter may be considered further.”

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