Documentary shows Egyptians killed Israeli POWs

Monday, March 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Egyptians killed “dozens, if not hundreds” of Israeli prisoners of war during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to excerpts of an Israeli TV documentary aired on Sunday, responding to charges that Israeli forces killed captured Egyptian soldiers.

The Israeli TV documentary showed specific cases of why Egyptian forces killed soldiers who had been captured or had surrendered.

Channel 10 said its documentary was in response to a documentary on “Ruah Shaked,” showing the Shaked reconnaissance unit executing 250 Egyptian POW’s during the 1967 Six Days War, which was aired a few weeks ago.

However, filmmaker Ran Edelist said the live footage he used for his film was actually a battle that had taken place between the Israelis and Palestinians and not Egyptian soldiers as relayed in the film. Egyptian officials, including President Hosni Mubarak are demanding an investigation.

During the Yom Kippur war, the Israeli army was caught by surprise on its Egyptian and Syrian fronts. Thousands of Israeli soldiers were captured, wounded and killed.

The Channel 10 documentary showed footage of what it said were Israeli soldiers with their hands bound behind their backs and shot to death in the Golan Heights and the Sinai desert.

“Investigations of the Egyptian Army's behavior in wars against Israel will find dozens, if not hundreds, of cases of captured Israeli soldiers murdered in cold blood by their Egyptians captors,” said defense correspondent, Alon Ben-David.

Former Israeli soldier Issachar Ben-Gavriel said he witnessed one of the incidents. He said he was one of a group of 19 Israeli soldiers who surrendered at the Suez Canal, flying white flags and raising their hands. “They (Egyptians) just shot them,” he said, “11 guys.”

Others shared experiences of those in their unit who were interrogated until the point of death.

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