Middle East: The Innocent Dead

To discourage Gamal Abdel Nasser from continuing his "war of attrition," Israel has been bombing targets deep inside Egypt since the beginning of the year. Though the raids are directed at military installations, there has always been the possibility that Israeli napalm or antipersonnel bombs would cause civilian casualties. Two months ago, an Israeli pilot mistakenly hit an industrial plant at Abu Zabal, killing 80 workers. Last week another mix-up occurred. While it caused fewer deaths than at Abu Zabal, it is likely to do far greater damage to Israel's image.


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