TEL AVIV (Jul. 19)
One of the two Israeli pilots who reportedly bailed out when their jet was hit by Egyptian fire yesterday was killed when the plane exploded, according to both Israeli and Egyptian military spokesmen. The pilot was identified here as Shmuel Hetz. The other pilot, identified as Menahem Eini, did bail out, although injured, and was captured by Egyptian forces. A Cairo communique said Mr. Eini was treated for his injuries in an Egyptian hospital. The plane was the fourth Jet to be downed by Egypt this month, according to Israeli military spokesmen. The downed Jet was one of several planes that yesterday attacked Soviet-Egyptian SAM missile batteries in the Suez Canal zone. Six Arab guerrillas were killed in two encounters with Israeli patrols over the weekend. Three were killed in the Upper Galilee near Misgav Am and three in the Jordan Valley south of Daraiyah Bridge. Israeli planes continued their attacks over the weekend on Egyptian positions along the Suez Canal, as well as firing on saboteur bases In southeast Lebanon this morning and on Jordanian terrorist bases Saturday. All planes returned safely. An Israeli soldier was injured Saturday night in the Golan Heights by fire from Syrian territory.
Twenty-nine pedestrians in Gaza were injured Friday when a hand grenade exploded in a street. The thrower of the grenade apparently escaped. One of those Injured was reportedly a 40-year-old preg- nant woman who Is in critical condition after giving birth prematurely from the shock of the explosion. Premier Golda Meir said Friday that “I presume we shall be able to overcome the (Soviet) missiles problem in the near future.” She addressed the political committee of the Labor Alignments. Dr. Zeev Bonnen, director of the War Means Development authority, said today that the scientists under his authority were working hard on the problem of missile-muzzling and that he hoped for a quick solution. He warned, however, against underestimating the skill of Soviet scientists.
A United Nations observer was killed and another injured Thursday on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal In what Israeli officials called an Egyptian violation of an Israeli-Egyptian agreement under which the two UN officials and a third were scheduled to visit a deserted UN observation post on the southern end of the canal. Maj. J.E. Bogvad, the Swedish commander of UN observers on the Israeli side, was killed and Maj. R.S. Fox of New Zealand, a staff officer of the UN headquarters in Jerusalem was injured. The three UN observers, accompanied by two Israeli liaison officers, were en route to the abandoned UN post which had been previously damaged by Egyptian artillery fire. The Israeli officials said the visit was arranged and coordinated by the UN with Egyptian and Israeli authorities and the Egyptians gave their consent to the arrangements. However, the officials said, when the white-flagged jeeps arrived at the site, the vehicles and their occupants came under heavy Egyptian mortar and automatic gun fire. Under Israeli covering return shooting, the Injured officer was extricated and rushed to a hospital. The Israeli liaison officers escaped unhurt.