TEL AVIV (Jan. 29)
Windows were shattered in Haifa today when a low-flying plane, apparently a Syrian MIG-21, swooped in from the sea and broke the sound barrier. There were no injuries reported. A military spokesman said the plane came in too low to be detected by radar. Israeli jets have recently created sonic booms over Damascus and Cairo. This was the first time since the Six-Day War that Syrian planes penetrated Israeli air space. The incident was reported to have occurred at 4:05 p.m. local time.
An Israeli border policeman identified as 19-year-old Joseph Gozlan, was fatally wounded earlier today when a patrol came under fire near Gesher in the northern Beisan Valley. A soldier was wounded in the same incident. Another patrol was fired on near Beth Yosef in the central Beisan Valley. Air force jets were called in to blast the positions where guerrilla gunners were entrenched. Israeli jets also attacked a guerrilla base near Nimrit Shuneh in Jordan northeast of the Dead Sea. A military spokesman said all planes returned safely from both actions.
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan told newsmen yesterday that Israel was willing to accept a truce if the Egyptians were willing to call off their declared war of attrition against Israel. Gen. Dayan spoke as Israel Air Force jets attacked El Maadi, a suburb six miles from Cairo, after flying over the Egyptian capital. Egypt was reported today to have clamped down tighter blackout restrictions in Cairo in anticipation of more Israeli raids. Civil defense authorities there began strictly enforcing the partial blackout that went into effect 11 months ago. Hundreds of street lights were turned off and hotels and restaurants hung heavy blackout curtains over their windows.