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Israeli Seaman Released by Egypt; Was Removed from a Swedish Ship

An Israeli seaman, Menahem Kavalkin, has been released from imprisonment in Egypt where he has been held for the last three months, according to reports reaching Haifa today.

Kavalkin, hired aboard a Swedish ship which put in at Haifa, had been assured by the Swedish captain that he would be safe from the Egyptians when the vessel went through the Suez Canal. The Egyptians, however, did not stand behind the Swedish captain’s assurances and removed Kavalkin from the vessel.

In the face of repeated Swedish protests, the Egyptians refused to release the seaman, insisting that an Egyptian sailor had been held in Haifa for three months. (Israeli authorities are unaware of any such ease.) At the conclusion of the three months the Egyptians put the Israeli aboard a Norwegian vessel bound for Cyprus where he will transship for Haifa.

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