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Turkey Releases Two Israeli Vessels; Third Trawler Reported Sunk

Eight Israeli fishermen left Haifa for Iskandrun in Turkey to sail back to Israel two fishing smacks confiscated by the Turkish naval authorities 18 months ago on charges that they were fishing inside Turkish territorial waters.

A third trawler seized by the Turks was reported to have sunk while anchored in port, There was no guard aboard the vessel when it foundered, according to reports from Iskandrun. An insurance company which had covered the vessel, worth 40,000 pounds, is investigating the circumstances.