Israeli Team Searching for Remains of Missing Soldiers in Egypt

Egyptian media reports first such Israeli delegation for four years; comes a day after Israel hands bodies of Har Nof terrorists for burial.

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An Israeli delegation is reportedly in Egypt Thursday to search for the remains of 22 missing soldiers.

According to Egyptian media reports, the delegation arrived early this morning from Amman, Jordan. The bodies are believed to include those of 16 soldiers who went missing during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, as well as others missing in action since the 1967 Six Day War and the War of Attrition before it.

It is not the first search party dispatched by Israel to locate and recover soldiers' remains believed to be in Egypt, but it is the first such visit for four years.

Since the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, no such teams have been sent; the last search took place in February 2010.

News of the renewed search comes just a day after Israel handed over the bodies of the two terrorists who carried out the massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue last month.

Israeli authorities had initially refused to hand the bodies over to family members, but after an apparent about-turn Uday and Ghassan Abu-Jamal were buried in a low-key ceremony last night.