TEL AVIV (Dec. 15)
Israel Air Force jets blasted Egyptian military positions in the central section of the Suez Canal zone this morning following an Egyptian commando raid Sunday across the Canal that resulted in the death of one Israeli soldier and the capture of an officer by the Egyptians. A third Israeli soldier was wounded in the attack and was hospitalized,
A military spokesman said all planes returned safely from the sortie. Tension mounted today along Israel’s northern border following a bazooka and small arms attack from Lebanese territory Saturday night that fatally wounded two Israelis in Metullah. Villagers reported today that Lebanese civilians were evacuating their homes in the area, apparently for fear of Israeli retaliation. Israeli artillery has shelled several Lebanese villages in the areas. It was learned today that units of the Lebanese Army have re-occupied the southern slopes of Mount Hermon. a position they had relinquished to guerrillas following last month’s Cairo agreements between Lebanese authorities and the Palestinian commando leaders.