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No Israelis Killed by Arabs in January; First Such Record in Years

The Israeli public learned today that the month of January passed without a single Jewish life being lost through enemy action or infiltration despite a number of attacks along the Gaza border and from Jordan. This is the first month in a number of years in which no Israeli fatalities were reported in the continuing border hostilities.

Egyptian positions opened fire on Israeli personnel and property 13 times during the month, the press reported today. Israeli planes flying over Israel territory in the Gaza border zone were fired upon twice during the month, and two Jordanian attacks, both repulsed, were also reported. The Lebanese and Syrian frontiers were quiet, in the wake of the Israeli December 11 raid on Syrian gun posts on Lake Tiberias.

Egypt has spread Russian military equipment all along the frontier with Israel, the Cairo radio reported today. It announced that the Egyptian Army has just finished a seven-day training exercise using live ammunition along the Israel frontier under the direction of Maj. Gen. Abdel Hakim Amer, Commander-in-Chief. New Russian tanks and artillery were employed, the broadcast said.

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