TEL AVIV (Dec. 9)
Israel learned today that it suffered higher casualties than previously announced in the Yom Kippur War. Gen. Herzl Shafir, head of the manpower division at General Headquarters, released a revised casualty list showing 2412 dead–558 above the 1854 known dead announced a month ago.
The new casualty list includes soldiers originally presumed missing and now definitely known to be dead; wounded soldiers who succumbed to their wounds since the first casualty list was announced; and 57 soldiers killed on the cease-fire lines since hostilities officially ended in mid-Oct. The latter list was up to date as of yesterday.
Meanwhile, shooting incidents continued on the Egyptian front. Ten Israeli soldiers were wounded yesterday afternoon in an artillery exchange in the Ismailia sector initiated by the Egyptians. Seven of the soldiers reportedly sustained only slight injuries. Other incidents involving small arms fire were reported over the weekend at the 60 kilometer marker on the Suez Canal, east of El Baleh and south of Lake Timsah. There were no Israeli casualties. The Syrian front remained quiet.
Israel had originally listed 508 soldiers missing in the Yom Kippur War. That list was reduced today by 293 whose names were added to the list of dead on the basis of eye-witness accounts by fellow soldiers and other evidence. The remaining 215 on the missing list includes 102 soldiers missing on the Syrian front. Their present status is unknown because Syria has so far refused to submit a prisoner of war list or confirm that it holds any of the men on the missing list which Israel has presented to the International Red Cross.