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Premier Denies Kuneitra Will Be Razed; Calls Press Reports ‘irresponsible’

Press reports that Israeli authorities plan to raze Kuneitra, a Syrian town in the occupied Golan Heights, were assailed as “untrue and irresponsible” by Premier Golda Meir today. Replying to a question at the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mrs. Meir said the government’s intention was only to demolish war damaged buildings which have been used as a haven for “rats and terrorists.”

Mrs. Meir said similar demolition work has been going on for several years in the Golan Heights in accordance with Cabinet decisions adopted after the Six-Day War. She said press reports that gave the impression that the whole town was to be flattened were “quite groundless and irresponsible.”