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Lebanon-based Guerrillas Attack Metullah; Israel Soldier Wounded by Mine

An Israeli soldier was wounded today when an Army vehicle struck a mine in the Mt. Hermon area. Lebanon-based Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli border village of Metullah with bazookas last night without causing casualties. An unconfirmed report in the newspaper Maariv today said Lebanese Army troops battled with the guerrillas who attacked Metullah. An Israeli Army officer said soldiers heard shooting behind the Lebanese border which could have been a skirmish between Lebanese regulars and Arab guerrillas. A senior Army officer said today that Israeli air attacks on Egyptian positions along the Suez Canal have achieved their purpose of preventing the installation of anti-aircraft missiles along the waterway. He said Israeli pilots had reported Egyptian efforts to build missile bases along the canal. The officer added however that air strikes were not the sole weapon and that commando raids would be necessary to destroy new missile sites. Israel launched two commando raids across the canal last Thursday night in which 20 Egyptian soldiers were reported killed to Israeli losses of four dead and 15 wounded. Two suspected terrorists captured in an Israeli raid on guerrilla bases in Jordan yesterday were released following an investigation. They were returned to Jordan under Red Cross auspices via the Allenby bridge.

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