EGYPT: Death & Danger

The Egyptians claimed that Tommies started it, by firing on a truck loaded with Egyptian police; the British charged that Egyptian terrorists began it, by sniping at military engineers. Either way, before the skirmish outside the canal zone city of Suez was ended last week, 16 Egyptians and 13 Britons were dead. So long as increasingly embittered adversaries faced each other, guns in hand, such clashes and more deaths seemed inevitable.

Day by day, the restraining ties were loosening. British engineers, protected by a paratroop brigade and tanks, bulldozed an evacuated Egyptian hamlet off the ' map to build a...

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