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Mass Arrests of Military Officers in Egypt; Former Commander-in-chief Among Arrested

Egypt’s Field Marshal Mohammed Abdul Hakim Amer, formerly commander-in-chief of all the Egyptian armed forces and former first vice-president of the United Arab Republic, was arrested in Cairo today, along with 50 other Egyptian army and air force officers, it was learned here today.

Marshal Amer had been dismissed from his high posts by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser as the scapegoat for Egypt’s defeat by Israel in June’s Six-Day War. His arrest and that of the others were seen here as an effort by Nasser to stem the tides of rebellion against his rule, which had been reported from Cairo in recent weeks. The arrests seemed to signify a crackdown on anti-Nasser plotters while Nasser himself was attending the Arab summit meeting at Khartoum, Sudan.