TEL AVIV (May. 1)
Three Israeli soldiers and three civilians were killed by Egyptian sniping and shelling in the Suez Canal zone yesterday; four were injured today. Two elderly women were injured, one of them seriously, in the shelling of Kibbutz Ashdod Yaacov in the Beisan Valley by Jordanian guerrillas last night. The shelling drew retaliatory fire from Israeli forces on Irbid village, long used as a guerrilla base in northwest Jordan. A military spokesman said the artillery duel lasted several hours and was broken off by the Jordanians when Israeli Air Force jets appeared. A military spokesman said a number of mortar shells were fired last night at the Timna copper mines in the Negev but caused no casualties or damage.
Ashdod Yaacov came under shell fire soon after sunset yesterday. Some of the settlers were still in the communal dining hall and others were watching a movie in the cultural center when shells started to explode among the buildings. Esther Yacobson, 77, was seriously injured and was flown to a hospital for surgery. Katya Lurie, 72, was hurt but was treated in the kibbutz infirmary. Settlers rushed children to bomb shelters when the shooting began.