An Egyptian parliament opposition member has demanded the Egyptian government claim compensation from Israel for slain prisoners of war, a government daily reported Saturday.
Al-Badri Farghali, a deputy from the leftist Tagammu party, called for Prime Minister Atef Ebeid to break the government's silence concerning the alleged killing of hundreds of Egyptian prisoners by Israel following the Arab-Israeli wars of 1956 and 1967.
"The rights of Egyptian prisoners are indefeasible as long as Israel continues to receive compensation from Germany," Farghali said.
Farghali's actions came in response to the World Jewish Council's demand in mid-December for 6.5 billion dollars in compensation for 800,000 Egyptian and Iraqi Jews whose lands were confiscated after Israel's creation in 1948, the newspaper said.
The newspaper, Al-Ahram Al-Missai, said Israeli military officers disclosed in 1990 that its soldiers had killed Egyptian prisoners of war after the 1956 and 1967 wars and that hundreds of bodies have been found on the Sinai peninsula in eastern Egypt -- CAIRO (AFP)
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