TEL AVIV (Jun. 24)
Israel Air Force jets attacked guerrilla bases on the southwest slopes of Mt. Hermon in Lebanon today and returned safely to their bases. The target area, east of the Has-bani River, is known as “Fatahland.” An Egyptian military spokesman in Cairo claimed that Egyptian heavy artillery “inflicted heavy casualties” in an attack today on an Israeli engineering unit in the southern sector of the Suez Canal. He also said that Egyptian anti-aircraft gunners had fought off a three-and-a-half-hour raid by 36 Israeli planes in the northern and central sectors. A Jordanian spokesman in Amman said that Jordanian and Israeli forces had engaged in 35 minutes of artillery, mortar and machine gun combat in the South Jordan Valley today. He said there were no Jordanian casualties. Guerrilla sources in Amman said Palestinian leaders will continue to insist on the disbanding of Jordanian army units. The Palestinians will be meeting soon with a high-level peacemaking committee representing Egypt, Libya, the Sudan and Algeria. The guerrillas have condemned a number of Jordanian officials as “reactionary” and have blamed Jordan’s “thunderbolt” unit for inciting the recent Jordanian-Palestinian hostilities. A resident of the refugee camp at Djabaliya in the Gaza Strip was injured this morning by a grenade thrown near the camp clinic. Some bazooka shells were fired last night into the Golan Heights from Syrian territory, but there was no damage.