BEERSHEBA (Apr. 25)
The first crude oil to come to Israel via Elath was flowing through the first Israel-built pipeline today to Beersheba, where it was loaded into auto and oil tankers for the Haifa refinery.
The oil arrived last night, while workers checking the pipeline found no leaks anywhere. The flow of oil into provisional reservoirs took place in a festive atmosphere. The reservoirs will be used until completion of a new pipeline to the Mediterranean coast.