TEL AVIV (Nov. 17)
Israel Air Force jets hit hard today at Jordanian, Syrian and Iraqi artillery positions inside Jordan. One Israeli plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire in a later attack on an Egyptian manned radar station in southern Jordan. The plane crashed in Israeli territory but the pilot bailed out and landed safely. Israeli jets also blasted guerrillas hiding in a deserted hydroelectric plant at Naharayim after they ambushed in Israeli patrol in the Jordan Valley. A military spokesman said the planes scored direct hits.
Direct hits were also reported by pilots who attacked the artillery deployments at Ira, a village near Salt, 11 miles east of the Jordan River. The targets were 155 mm. field guns used by the Jordanian Army and 130 mm. artillery employed by the Syrian and Iraqi forces, as well as anti-aircraft batterie. protecting the gun positions. A military spokesman said the radar station near Karak was under the command of the Egyptian Air Force. Its purpose it to observe Israel Air Force activity inside Israel.
An Israeli officer, Lt. Drori Gilboa, was killed last night by Egyptian shelling in the southern sector of the Suez Canal. A military spokesman said that Israeli and Egyptian forces exchanged fire intermittently during the night.