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Egypt Seizes Shipments to Israel from Norwegian Ships; Israel Protests

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Israel today denounced as “pure robbery” two Egyptian seizures of goods being shipped from Australia to Israel, both shipments having been aboard Norwegian ships.

Several days ago, United Arab Republic authorities confiscated meteord logical equipment being shipped from Australia to Israel aboard a Norwegian freighter, the S. S. Tagos. Then the UAR took from another Norwegian vessel, the S. S. Tarn, eight parcel post packages mailed to this country from Australia.

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry here declared today that Israel will probably complain against the parcel post seizures to the International Postal Union, of which both Israel and the UAR are members. Furthermore, it was said, Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, will take up these latest harassments by the UAR when she addresses the forthcoming General Assembly of the United Nations.

Denouncing the latest seizures as “acts of piracy,” Israel sources pointed out that the confiscations violate fundamental rules of freedom of navigation, as well as violating IPU agreements. It was emphasized that, in the past, when mail addressed to Arab countries had been delivered here by error, such mail was always sent to a neutral country for correct delivery to the Arab addressees.

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