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Israel Brings Soldiers’ Bones Home

February 9, 1998

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Israeli team searching Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula brought home the remains of two soldiers who disappeared in the 1973 Middle East War, officials said Monday.

The hunt for 18 Israeli MIAs started there last year after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed to allow the Israeli team into the Sinai.

The team first found one marked grave, believed be that of the navigator of an Israeli Phantom jet shot down by Egyptian forces during the war, Israeli media reported. Locals then led the Israelis to another grave, probably that of the pilot.

The bones were sent to London for DNA testing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Effi Ben-Matiityahu said.

A military official said that the 18 MIAs included four airmen, two fighters of an elite amphibious force and 12 soldiers from a tank unit.

Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt under a 1979 peace treaty.

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