TEL AVIV (Jun. 14)
Israel Air Force jets attacked Egyptian targets in the Suez Canal zone intermittently all day today following heavy Attacks Friday night and Saturday morning. A military spokesman said all planes returned safely. An Israeli soldier was wounded in a fire exchange with Egyptians in the canal zone this morning. An Israeli civilian was injured today when his tractor hit a mine southeast of the Sea of Galilee. Israeli commandos early today blew up a guerrilla base eight miles inside Jordan. Israeli commando forces crossed the northern and southern sectors of the Suez Canal Thursday night, killed 20 Egyptian soldiers and demolished bunkers, anti-aircraft guns and fortifications along a five mile stretch of the canal’s west bank. Israeli casualties were four dead and 15 wounded. One of the Israeli forces destroyed an Egyptian guard station north of Ras Gharib. An Israeli spokesman reported two Arab guerrillas killed in a clash with an Israeli patrol on the Lebanese border yesterday. Arab guerrillas shelled Nahal Golan and Kuneitra in the Golan Heights last night. Israel’s latest commando raids across the Suez Canal were described as retaliation for an Egyptian commando raid on May 31 In which 14 Israeli soldiers were killed from ambush. Defense Minister Moshe Dayait said in a television interview that Thursday’s raids were “a crushing example of our steadfastness along the canal despite the red strings entangled with Egyptian forces.” The latter was obviously an allusion to Soviet military forces deployed in Egypt. Gen. Dayan predicted that Soviet involvement in Egypt would not increase because of the raids.