TEL AVIV (Feb. 15)
Israel Air Force Jets blasted Egyptian military positions in the northern section of the Suez Canal zone for four hours today and returned safely to their bases. A two-and-a-half hour attack beginning at noon local time struck at artillery batteries and anti-aircraft gun positions in the target area. The planes hit the same targets again in a 90-minute evening raid that began at 6:45 p.m. local time.
Israeli anti-aircraft gunners shot down an Egyptian plane in a raid over the central section of the canal zone Friday. The aircraft, believed to be a Soviet-built Sukhoi-7 fighter-bomber, exploded in midair. There were no casualties or damage caused by the Egyptian attack, a military spokesman said. But two Israeli soldiers were wounded in an exchange of fire with Egyptian forces across the waterway Friday. Military sources reported that two Arab saboteurs were killed in clashes with Israel Army patrols during the past 24 hours, one of them near Timneh in the Arava region of the Negev and the other in the Golan Heights. There were no casualties on the Israeli side. Three local Arabs were killed in the Gaza Strip Friday during the pursuit of suspected terrorists.