Syrian, Israeli Forces Clash Along Golan Heights, First Battle Since 1967 War

Syrian forces east of the cease-fire line along the Golan Heights opened fire today on Israeli forces in Quneitra, a military spokesman said. It was reported to be the first clash in this area since the Six-Day War, although there have been several skirmishes between terrorists and Israeli border police. Israeli military sources said the battle lasted three hours with no Israeli casualties.

The Syrians reportedly concentrated a ground force near Quneitra, 20 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, opening fire on an Israeli patrol with mortars, machine guns and recoilless rifles. Israeli sources said three Syrian positions were involved in the incident.

In other military action, four Israeli soldiers were injured, one seriously, yesterday when an Israeli Army vehicle struck an anti-vehicle mine north of Qantara near the Suez Canal. Another mine, found nearby, was dismantled.

Ten members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were arrested yesterday in the Gaza Strip following an attempt on the life of a border policeman in a refugee camp near Gaza. The policeman came to visit his relatives and was attacked and injured. The arrested saboteurs confessed to a number of sabotage activities in the Strip. They admitted planting a mine near an Israeli settlement and gave the location of the mine which was found and dismantled.

A school girl at the Ashdot Yaacov School was injured today when Jordanians opened fire in the direction of the Beisan Valley settlement. A bullet entered the classroom through a window and hit the pupil. Fire was returned.

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