TEL AVIV (Oct. 22)
An Israel border police officer was seriously wounded yesterday when his unit sought to reinforce a group of Israeli field workers pinned down by Syrian gunfire in a new attack on Huleh reclamation work, Israel officials reported today.
They said that Syrian troops, penetrating deeply into Israel territory, opened fire on two tractors and their drivers. The border police unit came under extremely heavy fire. The wounded officer was extricated only after smoke screens were used to cover his removal.
The area became quiet toward nightfall. The Syrians imposed a blackout on all villages facing the Israel border in apparent fear of Israel retaliation. The affected area had been prepared two days previously by Jewish National Fund workers for agricultural cultivation. The wounded officer was reported today as still in serious condition. Field work was resumed this morning in the area.