TEL AVIV (Aug. 12)
An Arab woman and three young Arab girls, all Bedouins, were killed on Israel’s side of the Syrian border today when Syrian machineguns and tank weapons opened fire against an Israeli tractor team ploughing on a farm northeast of Almagor. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded seriously in the exchange of shots when Israeli patrols came to the rescue of the farmers, returning the Syrian fire.
A spokesman for the Syrian army, reporting the incident over the Damascus radio, said tonight that the battle lasted three hours, and claimed that the Israelis had directed their artillery at a Syrian water diversion project and at Syrian installations. Israel’s army spokesmen said here that three Syrian tanks were destroyed in the exchange. The firing was halted after United Nations military observers arranged a cease-fire.