TEL AVIV (Dec. 16)
Four hundred Egyptian civilians interned by the Israelis in the Gaza Strip will be repatriated by ship this week from Haifa, it was announced here today by Dr. Louis Gaillard, Swiss representative of the International Red Cross. The majority of the 400 are teachers, physicians and former Egyptian officials with members of their families.
The repatriation has been scheduled, Dr. Gaillard said, in spite of the fact that, on its side, the Egyptian Government has refused to discuss the exchange of these 400 internees for Jews imprisoned in Egypt. Some stateless persons are now being evacuated from Egypt by the Red Cross, the organization’s representative said.
Today, Dr. Gaillard supervised repatriation of a second batch of wounded Egyptian prisoners of war captured by the Israelis during the Sinai campaign. There were 30 officers and men in today’s group, the second to be sent back home by Israel. The 30 Egyptian army people were sent home by plane from Lydda Airport. Sixty other Egyptian wounded now in hospitals are expected to be released soon.