Statement by Egyptian War Minister Provokes Concern in Israel

Official Israeli circles expressed concern today over a statement by Maj. Gen. Abdul Hakim Armer, Egypt’s War Minister, indicating that Cairo was preparing to return its troops in full force to the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.

According to information received here the Egyptian authorities have already completed arrangements for the return to Gaza of several battalions of troops composed of Palestine Arab refugees. Egyptian troops will take up their positions in Sinai.

Meanwhile, according to an announcement by the military authorities, Israeli patrols have captured a huge camel-powered arms convoy attempting to pass from the Sinai desert to Jordanian territory through southern Israel. The caravan, loaded down with rifles, submachine guns and ammunition, passed near United Nations Emergency Force positions at Kuntileh without being challenged.

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