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Deny Egyptians Downed Israeli Plane

An Israel Army spokesman denied today a report by an Egyptian Army spokesman regarding an aerial dogfight over the Gulf of Suez and the Egyptian claim that one of the Israeli planes was hit. The Egyptians claimed that their jets intercepted a flight of six Israeli planes penetrating the Egyptian airspace.

The Israeli spokesman said that at the time mentioned by the Egyptians –2:40 p.m. local time–there were Israeli planes over the Gulf of Suez near the border line. However, all Israeli planes returned safely to their base. This was the first incident since June 28 when Egyptians claimed to have downed an Israeli Phantom. Israel at that time also denied any downing of its planes.