Menu JTA Search


  • Officer in Eilat Munitions Blast Gets 4-month Suspended Sentence

    A special military tribunal today pronounced a four month suspended sentence on an Israeli Lt. Col. who was in command of a unit in Eilat in Jan. 1970 when a munitions explosion killed 25 persons and injured many others. The officer, whose name was not disclosed, was found guilty on various technical counts though not… More ▸

  • Major Catastrophe Possible Eilat Gulf Threatened by Oil Pollution, Oceanographer Warns

    The Gulf of Eilat is seriously threatened with “ecological disaster” by oil pollution from supertankers now that Eilat has become a major oil port, a Hebrew University oceanographer asserted here yesterday. His warning coincided with similar expressions of concern by experts attending the first International Conference on Pollution which opened in Tel Aviv on Tuesday…. More ▸

  • Eilat Strike Settled

    A strike at the port of Eilat was settled last night but the work slowdown at Haifa port continued, delaying the loading of citrus cargoes at the peak of the citrus export season. The Eilat workers, who walked off the job last Friday, scored a victory when the Transport Ministry agreed to study the possibilities… More ▸

  • Report Iranian Oil to East Europe Pumped Through Israel’s Eilat-ashkelon Pipeline

    Iranian oil, pumped through Israel’s Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline, is finding its way to Eastern European countries, among them East Germany, the most rabidly anti-Israel member of the Communist bloc, it was reported here today. The Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline bypasses the closed Suez Canal, saving a three-week, 12,000 mile voyage from Mideastern oil fields to Europe via the… More ▸

  • Arkia, Israel’s Domestic Airline, Suspends Mail Flights to Town of Eilat

    Arkia, Israel’s domestic airline, has suspended the carriage of mail to the town of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba until it is satisfied that adequate security measures have been taken against possible sabotage. The airline acted apparently after consultations with Israeli internal security services but the mail ban took postal authorities by surprise. Arrangements… More ▸

  • New Oil Pipeline Linking Eilat with Ashkelon in Operation Since February 1

    Israel disclosed today that its new 42 inch oil pipeline has been in operation since Feb. 1 linking the port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, with Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast some 160 miles away. The $150 million project by-passes the Suez Canal which has been closed to all shipping since the June,… More ▸

  • Eilat Ammunition Explosion Claims Its 23rd Victim; Live Mine Caused Disaster

    The Eilat ammunition explosion that occurred nine days ago claimed its 23rd victim today. Pvt. Moshe Maimon, 20, of Tel Aviv, died in a hospital of his wounds. An official inquiry by the armed forces determined the disaster resulted from a live mine exploding in a truckload of mines being unloaded at the military jetty… More ▸

  • Committee Probing Eilat Explosion Cites Negligence; Call for Trial of Officers

    A special committee investigating the cause of last Saturday’s fatal ammunition explosion in Eilat recommended today that several officers should be brought to trial for negligence. The death toll meanwhile reached 22 as another one of the blast victims die of his injuries. He was identified as Abraham Hadidda, of Kiryat Atta. The committee, appointed… More ▸

  • Eilat Ammunition Explosion Toll Up to 21; Findings Expected in Day or Two

    Ten more victims of the Eilat ammunition explosion last Saturday were buried today as the death toll crept up to 21. One of the men. seriously wounded in the blast, died during the night. Two other wounded succumbed in hospitals yesterday. Eighteen Israeli soldiers and civilians were killed outright. A military committee investigating the causes… More ▸

  • Special Committee Formed to Probe Ammunition Truck Explosion in Eilat Harbor

    Chief of Staff Chaim Bar Lev has named a special investigating committee to inquire into yesterday’s ammunition truck explosion at Eilat harbor which killed 18 Israeli soldiers and civilians and wounded 42, about half of them seriously. Army authorities announced early today that the blast “without any doubt occurred as a result of an accident.”… More ▸