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Border Settlements Under New Attack from Lebanese Territory

Israeli border settlements were attacked anew from Lebanese territory last night only hours after Israeli forces withdrew following a 32-hour punitive expedition against guerrilla bases which military leaders claimed succeeded in all its objectives. Israel’s return fire killed four guerrillas who were part of a band attacking Manera. A short while later Katyusha rockets were fired at Kfar Blum and Ramat Naphtali in Upper Galilee. There were no Israeli casualties. The Beisan Valley settlements of Kfar Ruppin, Daganya and Gesher came under mortar and Katyusha rocket attack from Jordan last night. Israeli artillery fired in return at the guerrilla base in Irbid village. There were no Israeli casualties but some damage was reported at Deganya. Iraqi artillery based in Jordan shelled Tel Katzir last night. Israeli jet interceptors shot down two Egyptian MIG-21s over the Suez Canal zone this morning, one of which exploded in mid-air. The other crashed on Egyptian territory after its pilot bailed out.

Israel Air Force jets pounded Egyptian targets in the southern and central sectors of the canal zone for seven hours today and returned safely to their bases. A military spokesman said the morning attacks lasted four hours and three more hours of attacks were launched at one p.m. local time. The downed MIGs brought to 100 the number of Egyptian planes destroyed by Israel since the June, 1967 war. Air Force jets were called in to silence a Katyusha rocket attack today on Hamadiyeh in the Beisan Valley. The planes returned safely and no Israeli casualties were reported. A 20 year-old Israeli girl employed by the civil administration in Gaza was injured by flying glass when the car she was in was fired on by guerrillas last night. The incident occurred near Beth Lahiyah in the Gaza Strip. The girl was on her way home to Ashkelon. Police did not identify her by name but said that last November the same girl was wounded by a bullet in her back, also in the northern Gaza Strip.

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