TEL AVIV (Jan. 5)
Four Arab guerrillas were killed and six Israeli soldiers were wounded in a bloody encounter at the Mouaze refugee camp in the Gaza Strip today. The wounded soldiers were hospitalized. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan visited the scene of the fighting later and was briefed by the participants.
The clash occurred after Israeli soldiers trailed a gang of saboteurs to the refugee camp. They were searching the camp when they were attacked with Russian-made hand grenades and automatic fire. The battle lasted 15 minutes. The Israelis stormed the building where the guerrillas had taken cover and found four dead inside. They were identified as members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Israeli authorities lifted a partial curfew imposed on Ramallah yesterday following a grenade incident in which seven local Arabs were injured.
Israel Air Force jets continued to blast Egyptian positions in the northern section of the Suez Canal zone today. A military spokesman said the action began at 2 p.m. local time and lasted over an hour. The targets included artillery emplacements and anti-aircraft gun positions. All planes returned safety to their bases.