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Report: Israeli Director Admits Misidentifying Egyptians in POW Film


An Israeli newspaper reports the filmmaker whose documentary sparked an outrage in Egypt has admitted that he mistakenly identified 250 Palestinian fighters as Egyptian prisoners, who he claimed were killed by Israeli troops during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The Jerusalem Post says the filmmaker Ran Edelist also admitted using incorrect archival footage to illustrate the incident.

Since the documentary was aired last week, Israel repeatedly denied that its soldiers killed Egyptian prisoners during the war.

Israel also agreed to hand over a copy of the film and its transcript to Egypt.

However, Egypt asked for an investigation. And, an Egyptian parliamentary committee has threatened to review economic relations and agreements with Israel if the incident is not investigated.

Because of rising tensions over the film, Israeli Cabinet Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer earlier this week postponed a scheduled visit to Egypt. Ben-Eliezer commanded the military unit at the center of the controversy.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .