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State Department Voices Concern over Egyptian Rejection of Cease-fire at Suez Canal

The State Department today voiced concern over an Egyptian declaration that it was no longer bound by the 1967 cease-fire resolutions applicable to the Suez Canal. Spokesman Robert J. McCloskey said, “We view with concern this and other previous reports indicating that the United Arab Republic does not consider itself bound by cease-fire resolutions.” He said, “This is retrogressive and can only increase tension in the area.”

The statement came in the wake of a new outbreak of fighting at the canal today which was initiated by Egyptian fire. An Israeli soldier was killed by a sniper near Ismailia. Another soldier wounded during an Egyptian commando raid across the waterway on April 20-21 died of wounds, bringing the toll from that attack to four dead, one kidnapped and one injured.