In the morning of the 9th of January 2008 in the city of Sheikh Zowaid in the North Sinai Governate, citizen Khalil El-Maniâ€™e had found bone remains â€œSkulls, teeth and bones â€œ for people in military boots while digging in order to building some building . It did not take much time to know that these remains were actually for Egyptian Soldiers from their military boots that were killed in 1967 as POWs.
Mr. El-Maniâ€™e went and reported immediately to the Egyptian authorities represented by the Police forces, which immediately by its turn reported back to Cairo and made the area of the cemetery as restricted area, no cameras or photos are allowed except those which took shots before the restriction and they are already very few.
The restriction will be continued till a forensic team comes from and examine the remains in order to know their correct number â€œtheir estimated number according to the eye witnesses are 120 soldiersâ€, whether they were killed in action or as POWs which is very important as this will be an evidence that IDF committed war crimes against the Egyptian POWs during the six days war as the Egyptian regime seems to depend on science and does not depend on peopleâ€™s testimonies!!
Already the area where the mass grave was found used to have a camp for the Egyptian Army during the six days war.
Already Daily El-Masry Youm made a scoop yesterday when their correspondent in Al-Arish made a short interview with an Eye witnesses from the natives who refused to share their names, these Eye witness had seen the burial of those soldiers from 40 years ago with other important details.
Eye Witness # 1 from the natives, he was born in 1960 and so in 1967 he was 7 years old when he had witnessed the burial of those soldiers from 40 years . He had seen Sheikh Salah El-Maniâ€™e1 and his tribe burying those men in the Sheikh Zowaid which was unpopulated area during that time in a mass grave and that some wild animals had devouring some parts in the bodies.
Eye Witness#2 from the natives too , he said that they managed to save one of the officers who is called â€œMohamed El-Mahdyâ€ and he was from El-Mansoura despite his injure in this massacre as he was shot by 8 bullets and that he escaped through the sea
Also they managed to save lance corporal called â€œMahmoud Arafaâ€ and return him back to Cairo after forging Palestinian id for him. Till very near time they used to communicate with â€œArafaâ€ yet they do not know if he is dead or alive now.
Several eye witnesses said that it was a common thing during that time that their parents and chief tribes bury the POWs then they would pray the funeral Islamic prayer on their souls.
If I were from officials, I will start immediate search for officer â€œMohamed El-Mahdyâ€ and lance Corporal â€œMahmoud Arafaaâ€ as they are considered from the surviving victims and eye witnesses from the first degree
Till now there is no official statement issued from any official party regarding the incident, also the official media ignored the matter which the AFP transferred to the whole world yesterday, and naturally the Israeli press ignored the whole matter as they are busy with Bushâ€™s visit.
Already I do not want to say it but this is a dÃ©jÃ Vu case, the same circumstance and the same testimonies yet nothing on the official level is taken to restore back the rights of the soldiers and their families from Israel according to international laws.
- He may not related to the person who found the mass grave in direction connection but they belong to one tribe [↩]