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Jewish Agency Shipping Food to USSR on Special El Al Flights to Moscow

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The Jewish Agency for Israel is sending two shipments of food to Moscow this week on special El A### flights, which will pick up Soviet emigrants in Eastern Europe on their way back to Israel.

This was announced Tuesday night by Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive.

An EI AI 767 left late Tuesday night for Moscow with two tons of tomatoes and three tons of melons. On the way back, the plane will stop in Bucharest, Romania, to pick up 220 Russian emigrants.

On Thursday, another 767 will bring 15 tons of powdered milk to the Soviet capital and will pick up 220 Soviet emigrants in Warsaw on the way back.

“This humanitarian gesture stems from on## appreciation that the Soviet Union has been letting out such great numbers of emigrants, even if there are no direct flights yet between the Soviet Union and Israel,” said Dinitz. “We felt ### was important to help the Soviet Union with current food shortages.”

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