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Plane Survivors’ Conditions Improving

A Swiss physician delegated by the International Red Cross visited the Libyan airliner survivors at Beersheba Hospital today and expressed appreciation to the hospital staff for the medical treatment provided them. Dr. J. Campanella confirmed hospital reports that the conditions of the Egyptian and Libyan patients were improving and that they may be able to leave the hospital shortly.

The Red Cross is presently discussing with the Egyptian and Libyan governments the means of transferring their nationals from Israel. Meanwhile, Jean Pierre Bourdet, a French steward from the downed Libyan airliner, was flown to France today for further medical treatment at the request of his family.

Bourdet’s condition had improved sufficiently for him to make the flight, according to Israeli and French physicians. He was transferred by helicopter from Beersheba Hospital to Lod Airport and put aboard an Air France jet on which eight seats were made available for his stretcher and plasma equipment.

Two Israeli soldiers were injured by a hand grenade thrown at a patrol in the Shatti refugee camp in Gaza last night. An Israeli patrol scared off terrorists who were about to plant a mine on a Gaza Strip road this morning. The mine was dismantled and the area was searched.

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