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Egypt Charged by Israel with New Aggression; Water Line Blown Up

August 13, 1954
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Egypt was charged today by Israel with new “grave attacks” after a period of five weeks of comparative quiet on the Egyptian-Israeli border.

A military spokesman here said today that the main water pipeline near Niram was blown up last night by persons whose tracks led to Egyptian-held territory in the Gaza strip. A large quantity of explosives was used in the operation, the spokesman charged. United Nations observers today started an investigation on the spot.

The second aggressive incident, the spokesman said, took place when an Israel patrol was fired upon from across the Egyptian border near Rafah. The patrol returned fire. No casualties were reported.

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