Dayan Reports Israeli Pow’s in Arab Countries Generally in Good Health

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan reported to the Knesset today that Israeli prisoners of war in Arab countries were generally in good health and that information about them was being conveyed regularly to their families through the International Red Cross. He said that according to information from the Red Cross, some Israeli prisoners were hospitalized in Cairo and others were receiving medical treatment without hospitalization. The rest were in good health. He said the prisoners’ families were getting mail from them. Replying to a question on another matter, Gen. Dayan said that according to Israeli intelligence, 1900 persons were killed and 6500 were wounded during the Jordanian civil war in September. The question was asked by Joseph A. Tamir of the Gahal party who quoted Brig. Shlomo Gazit as having said that Israel fell into an Arab propaganda trap “by swallowing the lie that 20,000 people were killed in Jordan.” Gen. Dayan said the Jordanian Army suffered 500 dead and 1500 wounded. Terrorist casualties were 900 killed and 3000 wounded and civilian casualties amounted to 500 dead and 2000 wounded.

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