TEL AVIV (Feb. 5)
One Israeli soldier and at least four Arab guerrillas were killed in a clash yesterday in the Araba district of the Negev. The soldier was identified as David Kimmelfeld, 19, of Kfar Saha. A military spokesman said the fighting culminated a night-long pursuit of the guerrillas across difficult desert terrain following a mortar attack on Ein Yahav settlement near the Jordanian border. Four of the guerrillas were found dead. The others escaped but Israeli forces believe that several more were hit. An Israeli civilian employee of the military government in the Gaza Strip was injured yesterday when his car was ambushed on the Gaza main road. He was identified as Edward Koughmann. A curfew was imposed on the area.
A military spokesman said that two anti-vehicle mines and mortar shell fragments were found yesterday in a deserted area of the Sinai coast on the Gulf of Suez near A Tour. He said that was the only evidence that Egyptian forces may have landed at the spot. Cairo claimed Sunday that Egyptian commandos carried cut a major assault on the Sinai coast, wiping out several Israeli positions. Israel denied knowledge of any attacks. The spokesman said the Egyptians habitually stage attacks on isolated spots, fire a few shells into the sand and then claim to have carried off a major raid. The body of Capt. Shlomo Navott, an Israeli fighter pilot shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft guns over the Golan Heights Sunday, was returned to Israel today through the International Red Cross. An Israeli guard of honor was on hand to receive the coffin.