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Israel Reported Seizing Egyptian Vessel; May Exchange It

Israel has seized an Egyptian freighter which entered Israel territorial waters, according to press reports from Athens reaching here The Israel Navy has as yet made no announcement about the capture.

According to the reports, the Israel Navy intercepted and captured the 1, 000-ton Egyptian ship last Tuesday afternoon. There was speculation that Israel would hold the ship and its 11-man crew until Egypt released an Israeli fishing boat, the Doron, and its six-man crew seized September 25.

(From Jerusalem it was reported today that Israel insists on the immediate release of six fishermen and the fishing trawler Doron captured nearly two weeks ago off the Egyptian coast and has instructed its delegation to the United Nations to inform members of the Security Council of the seizure and related information. The six arrested fishermen, five Israelis and an Italian national-the captain–have been held incommunicado since their capture. The vessel was acquired through the German reparations framework at a cost of $60, 000.)

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