The Egyptians have alleged that the Israelis have dropped American made Anti-Personnel bombs in Egypt.?
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Background: The Egyptians have alleged that the Israelis have dropped American made Anti-Personnel bombs in Egypt. The bomb is a metal container holding 600 grenades -- some explode after a certain time, some on touch, and some magnetically.
The Americans used Anti-Personnel bombs in Vietnam. The Egyptians say they are designed to cause havoc among troop concentrations, but the Israelis are using them among civilians to try and affect Egyptian morale.
They say more than a hundred of these bombs have been dropped on towns in the Nile Delta such as Pansura, Abdul Hammed and Tanta. More than twenty people were killed in Tanta alone and dozens more were injured.
The Egyptian authorities took foreign newsmen to see one of these bombs which had dropped in a cotton field in the Nile Delta last Wednesday (17 October). It had not detonated properly. The Egyptians claim the bomb was used to terrorise and kill farmworkers, but newsmen reported passing an Egyptian missile base less than a mile from the field.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian authorities took foreign newsmen into the Nile Delta last week to see an alleged American made anti-Personnel bomb dropped by the Israelis. The bomb is a metal container holding six hundred grenades -- some explode after a certain time, some on touch, and some magnetically. The Americans used similar bombs in the Vietnam war.
The bomb had landed in a cotton field one hundred and eighty kilometres from Cairo. It did not detonate properly and many of the grenades failed to go off.
The Egyptian official said over a hundred Anti-Personnel bombs had fallen on delta towns like Tanta where twenty people had been killed and dozens injured. he claimed they were meant for troops but the Israelis were dropping them on civilians to affect morale. However, the newsmen reported passing an Egyptian missile base only a mile from this field.