Dayan Tells Knesset That 119 Guerrillas and Saboteurs Have Been Killed This Year

Israeli security forces have killed 119 Arab guerrillas and saboteurs in clashes between January and July 7,1969, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan reported to the Knesset today. Nineteen killed this week brought the total to 138. Gen. Dayan said that only 41 out of 26,000 Arabs who returned to Israel following the June, 1967 Six-Day War have been detained for subversive activities and sabotage. He said among the 41 were 10 Druze tribesmen from the Golan Heights and one Arab from the Gaza Strip. Intermittent artillery duels took place across the Suez Canal today, a military spokesman reported. He said the exchanges were mainly north of Qantara and near the canal’s southern entrance. There were no Israeli casualties. Two Arab guerrillas were killed in an encounter with an Israeli patrol which the Arabs tried to ambush this morning near El Hamma at the junction of the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders. The patrol was attacked by mortar and small arms fire from Jordanian territory. The attackers were hiding on the banks of the Yarmuk River, a tributary of the Jordan. No casualties were reported on the Israeli side. An Israeli soldier died today of wounds he received in a gun fight in the Golan Heights earlier this week.

El Fatah announced in Beirut that a new unit of snipers has been formed to pick off Israelis with high powered rifles equipped with telescopic sights. El Fatah claimed that a sniper killed an Israeli soldier today near Umm Sidra, 12 miles north of the Dead Sea.

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