TEL AVIV (Mar. 29)
Egypt and Syria hold 14 Israeli prisoners of war. Of the 11 in Egypt, some are sick and entitled to repatriation under the Geneva Convention but Egypt refuses to release them, it was learned today. There are 71 Egyptian and 40 Syrian POWs in Israel. One POW released by Egypt yesterday was Sgt. Yair Dori of Kibbutz Lahavot Habashan, who was re-united with his mother at an Army hospital last night and had a chat with Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. Dori, who was wounded in an Egyptian commando raid last May, spent nearly 11 months in captivity. According to a Red Cross report, he was in a serious condition when captured and Egyptian physicians saved his life. But his right arm was amputated at the elbow and his eyesight was seriously impaired. Nevertheless, Dori seemed to be in good spirits. The young man immigrated to Israel several years ago from Argentina.