TEL AVIV (Feb. 23)
An Israeli army spokesman reported today that Syrian gunners southeast of Lake Tiberias opened fire yesterday on an Israeli tractor as it completed a ploughing assignment. An Israeli covering unit returned the fire. There were no casualties on the Israeli side.
Cultivation of the fields started yesterday morning and the Syrians did not try to interfere. When the last of the tractors finished the job, the Syrians suddenly opened with heavy machinegun fire. The Syrians have consistently tried to prevent Israeli ploughing of the fields, claiming ownership. The area is entirely within Israeli territory.