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Saleh Morsi, Egyptian Espionage Writer, Dies at 67

August 17, 1996

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Saleh Morsi, a popular Egyptian writer who based his novels and screenplays on cases of Egyptian espionage against Israel, died Saturday. He was 67.

Morsi died of a heart attack at his home in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria, Egyptian newspapers said.

Morsi began working in the 1950s as a journalist for the prominent Al-Mussawar magazine and other publications during the heyday of Arab nationalism and conflict with Israel.

But he was better known for his novels and screenplays. His most popular work was the television series ``Raafat el-Haggan,″ based on the life of an Egyptian agent by that name whose spying on Israel helped Egyptian forces cross the fortified Suez Canal in the 1973 war.

Another work was the screenplay for the film ``The Climb to the Abyss,″ based on the life of another Egyptian spy.

Morsi is survived by his wife Wagiha Fadel, a television director, and a son and daughter.