Egypt, Israel agree on full and transparent investigation on reports of 1967 War grave for Egyptian soldiers

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Jul 2022

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid agreed in a phone call on Sunday that the Israeli authorities would conduct “a full and transparent probe” into Israeli press reports concerning “historical facts” about “Egyptian soldiers buried in Jerusalem” during the 1967 war between the two countries, according to a presidential statement.

A combined photo of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (right) and Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid. (Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidency)


Lapid stressed that the Israeli side would positively and transparently deal with this issue and would communicate and coordinate with the Egyptian authorities on developments in order to reach the truth, Egyptian presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady said in the statement.

Israeli press reported on Friday accounts of people involved in burying dozens of Egyptian soldiers during the 1967 War, also known as the Six-Day War, in an unmarked mass grave west of Jerusalem.

Earlier on Sunday, Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv has been assigned to communicate with the Israeli authorities to “clarify what is being circulated in the media, call for an investigation to verify the credibility of this information, and urgently inform the Egyptian authorities of the relevant details.”

In the 1967 War, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria and captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, as well as the Syrian Golan Heights and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

The 1967 War, which saw Israel nearly triple in size, was the beginning over 55 years of Israeli occupation of Arab territories.

Six years later, Egypt achieved victory in the October 1973 War against Israel, paving the way for the return of the occupied Sinai Peninsula to the homeland after a peace deal was signed with Israel.

The war eventually led to Israeli forces withdrawing from the Sinai Peninsula on 25 April 1982 after 15 years of occupation, based on a peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979.

Israel started to declassify the 1967 Six-Day War archives in 2017, releasing thousands of previously classified official documents charting political decisions and containing minutes of the wartime security cabinet and transcripts of other ministerial meetings.

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