Fighting Erupts in Golan Heights and Beisan Valley; Israeli Guard Kills Saboteur

Fighting erupted in the Golan Heights and in the Beisan Valley area last night. A saboteur was killed by an Israeli guard near Nahal Golan after the settlement came under mortar and bazooka fire. Three Israeli Army positions in the heights were also fired on from Syrian territory. The fire was returned and no Israeli casualties were reported. Three Israeli soldiers were injured by Egyptian mortar fire in the northern sector of the Suez Canal zone today. Katyusha rockets were fired from Jordan at Beisan township last night in the first attack there since last Dec. 22. Israeli artillery, which had been idle for two months, returned the salvos. There were no casualties or damage in the village. Israeli patrols and military positions near Kibbutz Maoz Chaim in the Beisan area came under shell fire Saturday night but no casualties were reported.

The Army announced an escalation of incidents along Israel’s borders and cease-fire lines during the week that ended last Saturday. The total for the period was 226 with 127 occurring in the Egyptian sector alone. A military spokesman said that only four of those were serious enough to have been reported. The rest were described as minor clashes or intermittent shooting. Along the Jordanian border, 79 incidents occurred and there were ten each on the Lebanese and Syrian borders, a military spokesman said.

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