TEL AVIV (Feb. 23)
A Red Cross representative who visited the 12 Israeli prisoners of war in Egypt on Feb. 13, reported today that they were in good spirits and were receiving mail and parcels from home. He said two of the POWs, both pilots, are still in a hospital. The other eight, most of whom are pilots, have been permitted to room together at the Abassiyeh Prison. Egypt however continues to turn down Israeli demands for a POW exchange under the terms of the Geneva Convention. Israel is holding 69 Egyptian POWs, 39 Syrians, and 10 Lebanese. There are three Israeli POWs in Syria but Syrian authorities have stopped regular visits to them by Red Cross representatives.