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Israel to Act if Egyptian Submarines Interfere with Her Shipping

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The Israel armed forces will not permit Egyptian submarines to interfere with Israeli shipping, Shimon Peress, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Defense, said tonight. He was commenting on Cairo’s report that Russia had supplied Nasser with three submarines. Mr. Peress spoke at the opening of an arms exhibition in Haifa.

Meanwhile, an Israeli naval officer who would not permit himself to be identified said that the Egyptian purchases of submarines would force Israel to try to secure similar craft as a counterbalance. Israel now has three Canadian frigates which are basically sub hunters with depth charge installations, and World War II corvettes which are also used in submarine defense. Two of the three frigates are currently operating in the Gulf of Akaba.

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