TEL AVIV (Oct. 3)
An Israeli Army patrol and a band of Arab marauders fought a fierce three-hour gun battle on Yom Kippur in the barren, cave-marked hills west of Jericho, a military spokesman reported today. At least seven marauders were killed and one Israeli soldier wounded. The battle, begun with the pursuit of the marauders shortly after dawn yesterday, resulted in an emergency call for blood donors, apparently in anticipation of casualties. A clash in the same region two weeks ago led to the death of six Israelis and five Arabs.
The Yom Kippur holiday, which passed quietly for most Israelis, saw no relief in border shootings and acts of sabotage. A grenade was hurled into an Israeli Army halftrack in Gaza without casualties. A military spokesman reported exchanges of fire yesterday between Jordanian and Israeli units at Umm Sidra pass on the Jordan River. Israeli patrols and armored cars were fired on Tuesday evening near Shaar Hagolan in the northern Beisan Valley and near Ashdod Yaacov. No Israeli casualties were reported.
Yesterday’s battle near Jericho began when an Israeli patrol spotted a band of Arab saboteurs which had apparently crossed the river into Israeli territory during the night. They pursued the Arabs who took refuge in caves, refused to surrender and opened fire, wounding a soldier, who was rushed to a hospital.