Israeli Planes Attack Terrorist Bases on Mt. Hermon; Three Israeli Soldiers Killed

Israeli planes attacked Arab terrorist bases for half an hour today on the Mount Hermon slopes east of the Hatzbani River in southeast Lebanon. Israeli flyers also hit Egyptian positions along the Suez Canal for the 32nd straight day. All planes returned safely. Israeli and Egyptian forces dueled with artillery and mortars across the Suez Canal last night. Israeli gunners scored a direct hit on an Egyptian mortar position in the canal’s southern sector this morning and set it afire. Israel suffered three casualties over the week-end. In addition to Pvt. Chaim Rosenbaum, whose death was announced yesterday, Egyptian barrages Saturday night claimed the lives of Pvts. Benzion Reuben, 19, of Even Sapir village and Ron Kislev, 19, of Raanana.

A military spokesman said Egyptian forces were changing their tactics to adapt to the continuing Israeli aerial bombardment of their positions along the Suez Canal line. He said they now concentrate their fire at a specific point on the Israeli side of the waterway and then shift to another point. Israeli authorities today returned to Egypt the bodies of eight Egyptian soldiers killed in two raids on the Israeli side of the canal last month. They were returned at Ismaeliyah through the auspices of the International Red Cross. In Jordan, El Fatah today admitted hurling the grenade and firing the shots that missed a tourist bus in Hebron yesterday, inadvertently wounding two Arabs. The commando group also took credit for the Katyusha rocket attacks yesterday on Beisan and Daganya, in the North Jordan Valley. The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Palestinian Armed Struggle Command, the terrorists’ umbrella organization.

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