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Somalia Foreign Minister Says His Country Considers Itself at War with Israel

May 7, 1970
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The Foreign Minister of Somalia, Omar Arteh. has stated that his country is in the forefront of the Arabs’ anti-Israel battle and considers itself at war with Israel, according to the Cairo newspaper Al Akhbar. The report said Mr. Arteh was interviewed in Geneva where hearings on Israeli treatment of Arab prisoners were being conducted by a United Nations commission comprising Somalia, Ceylon and Yugoslavia. The Somali Democratic Republic, almost totally Moslem, is located in Eastern Africa, run by an army-and-police junta that seized power last October after the assassination of President Abdirashid All Shermarke and the arrest of Premier Mohammed Ibrahim Egal.

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