TEL AVIV (Feb. 17)
Syria and Israel fought a 70-minute exchange of fire on the northern frontier today, after Syrian guns had opened up against an Israeli border patrol near the settlement of Almagor. Almagor was the place where Syrian military infiltrators murdered two Israeli farmers in 1963. At that time, Syria came close to official censure for that act by the United Nations Security Council, where only a Soviet veto kept such a condemnatory resolution from becoming on official UN action.
Today, the Syrians opened their fire from military positions north of Lake Tiberias. The Israelis returned the fire. United Nations military observers in the area immediately started negotiating a cease-fire and, after about an hour, announced that both sides agreed to stop the shooting. Israel’s authorities reported no casualties as a result of the exchange.