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Arab Convict Who Broke Jail in Israel Identified As Egyptian Agent

One of the Arab convicts who broke jail last week and was wounded in a pitched battle with Israeli policemen was today identified as an Egyptian intelligence agent. He is in a Haifa hospital where his wounds are being treated.

The agent, Ahmed Othman, a graduate of Cairo University who speaks English, French and some Yiddish, approached the Israel Embassy in London in 1957 with an offer to launch an anti-Nasser campaign in Egypt. He arrived in Israel in September of that year when he proposed a plan to carry out sabotage in Egypt.

In Israel, however, he was recognized by former Egyptian Jews as an officer of the Egyptian Army and was detained when he failed to provide proof that he was not an Egyptian agent.