No. 10 Information Administration Cairo, U.A.R. June 19, 1967
THE ENEMY USES THE INTERNATIONALLY
PROHIBITED NAPALM BOMBS
The Americans-first inventors and users of Napalm
In World War I both Germany and the Allies used raw
gasoline in flame throwers but it burned too quickly to be
fully effective. What was needed was a thickener that would
slow down the rate of burning and increase the range of the
weapon. Napalm did this, and it also greatly raised the temp-
erature at which the fuel burned. Harvard University scient-
ists, in cooperation with the U.S. army chemical warfare
service, developed the substance in 1942.
In World War II, allied forces used great quantities of
napalm-thickened gasoline in flame throwers and fire bombs.
After the U.S. marines had employed the flame throwers ef-
fectively against Japanese bunkers on Guadalcanal, the
weapon became popular with army troops.
S Napalm was also used in incendiary bombs that the U.S.
air force rained on Japanese industrial cities. By the end of the
war these bombs had burned out 40% of the area of the target
cities. During the Korean war (1950-53) napalm was again
fired from flame throwers, and was poured into 165-gal. fire
bombs that were dropped with devastating effect on enemy
The use of this kind of bombs is internationally prohibited
According to international laws of war. Yet Israel did not
hesitate to use it in its last aggression against the Arabs.
International mass media reveal truth about
Israeli war crimes
0 In its issue of June 16, 1967, the British cDaily Express>
gave the alarm that Israel is now trying to ,wipe out the
Egyptian troops in Sinai Peninsula. Israeli spokesmen, the
paper said, were beginning to give highly evasive or even con-
tradictory answers> about what is happening to these men.
It pointed out that the declared intention of the Israeli
government at the start of the aggression was to destroy the
Egyptian army. Israel's attitude in connection with the Egyp-
tian troops still in Sinai gives rise to the question whether the
The paper drew attention to the fact that so far Israeli
authorities had declined to give figures of the number of
Egyptian soldiers who had crossed the Suez Canal back into
Egypt. At the same time Israel refused to respond to the
demands made that it should begin a search for the lost sold-
iers, pointing out that if Israel refused to begin this search,
these men are obviously in need of more help.
Moreover, the Middle East News Agency reported on June
16 that the Israeli aggressors continue to commit horrible acts
of atrocities in the occupied areas in spite of the cease-fire
order. It gave the following examples :
1 The Israeli aggressors fired three shots at a young
secondary school student, Hamdi Khatamish, murd-
ering him before members of his family when they
found him dressed in the youth resistance uniform
while searching his house in Al-Arish.
2 They also shot the civilian citizen in Al-Arish,
Ismail El-Mekkawi, hitting him in the stomach
in front of his children and members of his family.
Meanwhile the Israeli aggressors broadcast an
order to all members of the Youth Organisation to
gather in the Municipality Square at Al-Arish. This
is believed to be a preparatory step for a wholesale
massacre similar to that committed by the Israelis
in Khan Yunis in 1956.
3 An Israeli armoured patrol ran over a number of
Egyptian unarmed soldiers last Wednesday after-
noon (June 14) while they were walking on the road
between Kantara (East) and Ismailia (West), crush-
ing them to death.
4 On the same day, an Israeli patrol shot down a civ-
ilian member of the < Muwakla tribe, killing him
on the spot.
On June 17, 1967 'Reuter' and U.P.I. reported the
message sent by the permanent Syrian delegate to the Secur-
ity Council. The message exposed the acts of torture, anni-
hilation and usurpation committed by the Israeli forces in
Syria. The Israelis, the message said, forced the prisoners
to dig graves and threw them in. They killed seven nurses
in Koneitra and expelled about 40 thousand citizens rendering
The two agencies also reported accusations directed
against the Israeli forces for opening fire on the citizens in
Gaza and Sinai, tearing the clothes off the military men, leav-
ing them mercilessly in the desert without food or water and
preventing the International Red-Cross from giving aid to
In an article entitled Mass Annihilation the Soviet
paper wrote about the treatment which the Arab
captives suffer at the hands of the Israeli soldiers. The paper
said that the world press has sufficient information to reveal
the insolence, mercilessness and violation of human values and
international law on the part of the aggressors who are devoid
of any mercy in treating captive soldiers. The paper continued
VNOSITr Y OF FLORIDA LIBRARAMS
that in the last days the Israeli forces have committed new
crimes and acts of brutality and mercilessness against thous-
ands of the Jordanian people on the Western bank and against
the Palestinian refugees.
0 On June 18, 1967, Czechoslovac News Agency (C.T.K.)
reported, from its correspondent in Damascus, that more than
300 Syrian soldiers were injured as a result of the napalm
bombs thrown by the Israeli aircraft during their attack on
Syria. The correspondent said that these napalm bombs were
thrown after the Security Council issued its cease-fire order,
0 On June 17, 1967 Radio London announced that its
correspondent had visited one of the hospitals in Cairo to see
some of the soldiers wounded in the battle which had taken
place in Sinai.
The B.B.C. correspondent reported that not less than
eight of the wounded were suffering from serious burns
as a result of the napalm bombs. The correspondent
continued to say that one of the doctors had informed him
that 75% of the wounded were victims of the napalm bombs
and that half of that number were suffering from burns which
could prove fatal ; other injured patients will be disfigured
for life or handicapped.
On June 18, 1967 Radio Amman broadcast that an
Egyptian officer had told press men in one of the hospitals
in Cairo that he was the only survivor from two infantry
squadrons made up of 180 men, after an Israeli attack on them
by napalm bombs in the Sinai desert. The lieutenant who was
suffering from serious burns in his head, chest, arms and legs
stated that this had happened on the very first day of the
On June 17, Tass News Agency, commenting on the
brutal acts of aggression committed against the Arab citizens,
in the areas occupied by the Israeli forces, said that news
coming from these areas show that Israel treats the captives
and the civilians with every brutality.
The commentator mentioned the reports of the British
< Times > that the Israelis killed some Egyptian soldiers after
capturing them in the first days of the battle and that thous-
ands of Egyptian soldiers are wandering in the desert dying
of hunger and thirst without any help from the Israeli auth-
orities. The commentator also mentioned reports of the U.N.
Relief Agency and what the refugees coming to Damascus said
as a proof of the brutal treatment of the refugees and captives
at the hands of the Israeli authorities.
The commentator went on to say that the crimes committed
by the Israelis arouse the contempt of world public opinion
as well as its strong repudiation; this is because these crimes
on the part of Israel run counter to the resolution taken by the
Security Council some days ago, and in which the Security
Council appealed to the Israeli government to guarantee the
safety of the inhabitants, and help refugees return to their
The commentator added that this very resolution of the
Security Council calls upon Israel to respect the principles of
the Geneva Convention concluded in August 12, 1949 with
regard to the treatment of war prisoners and the protection
of civilians in time of war.
In conclusion, the commentator said that the ruling au-
thorities in Israel, disregarding the Security Council resolution
and the Geneva Convention, have now exposed their criminal
plans ; and in so doing they are challenging world public
opinion which is strictly calling for putting an end to the
crimes committed by the Israeli aggressors.
Cairo hospitals overflowed with victims of the international prohi-
bited Napalm bombs, from among the troops of the >U. A. R. who
were subjected to this savage weapon from the very first moment
on 7une 5, 1967
The photos shown here after are proof of t savagery and a brutality
unknown in recent decades used against the Arab nation. In
June 1967 Foreign Correspondents in the U. A. R. visited these
hospitals and saw the results of Israeli atrocities with their own eyes
and photographed the victims..
Foreign Correspondents in the U. A. R. talking with doctors in
Cairo hospitals on June EB, EPCB about victims of internationally
prohibited Napalm bombs.
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