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Egyptian UN Envoy Blames Israel for Firing on Truce Observers Posts at Suez

Egypt today blamed Israel for firing on United Nations observation posts along the Suez Canal and called the Security Council’s “urgent attention” to what it termed “the grave situation prevailing in the Suez Canal sector which has recently attained a high degree of danger.” The charge against Israel, contained in a letter to the Security Council president from Egyptian Ambassador Mohammed Awad el-Kony, contradicted the chief UN truce observer, Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, of Norway, who has blamed Egypt for starting most of the gun battles across the waterway.

Mr. El-Kony reiterated Cairo’s contention that only implementation of the Security Council’s Nov. 22 1967 resolution could lead to peace in the Middle East. As Egypt interprets the resolution, it calls for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory before any of its other clauses become operative.