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Israel Demands Immediate Return of Two Seriously Injured Pilots Held Captive in Egypt

Israel has demanded the immediate return of two seriously injured Israeli pilots held captive in Egypt. The two men were visited by a Red Cross representative who reported them in “poor” condition. One of them suffered fractures of the hands and legs. The other has spinal injuries and may be partially paralyzed. Both are undergoing treatment in a prison hospital. The pilots were shot down over Egyptian territory before the current cease-fire. There are more than a dozen Israeli prisoners-of-war in Egyptian hands, mostly fliers. Egypt has rejected an Israeli offer of a POW exchange while the truce is in effect.