Egypt, Israel Agree on Investigation on Reports of 1967 War Grave for Egyptian Soldiers

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.

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”.

The Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv has been assigned to communicate with the Israeli authorities to clarify what is being circulated on Israeli press reports concerning “historical facts” that occurred during the 1967 War about “Egyptian soldiers buried in Al-Quds city [Jerusalem],” Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“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,” the statement reads.

Earlier Friday, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper published archival material and interviews with residents recounting how dozens of Egyptian soldiers killed in the battle may be buried there.

According to the reports, about 80 Egyptian soldiers killed during the war were buried under what is now a popular Israeli tourist park.

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