TEL AVIV (Dec. 16)
Four Israeli soldiers were wounded in heavy exchanges of fire on the Syrian and Egyptian fronts this afternoon and evening. Both fronts echoed with artillery, mortar and small arms fire through most of Friday and yesterday as Syrian and Egyptian forces tried to interfere with fortification work being carried out by Israeli troops in their sectors and the Egyptians tried, without success, to establish new positions outside their cease-fire perimeter. An Israeli soldier was killed and two were wounded Thursday night in shooting incidents north of the Kilometer 101 checkpoint on the Suez-Cairo road
A military spokesman reported this evening that three Israeli soldiers were wounded when Syrian forces opened fire in the vicinity of Nafaj village east of Kuneitra on the Golan Heights. The incident capped a day of intermittent shooting all’ along the cease-fire line which ended at nightfall. Syrian forces fired artillery and “Sager” antitank missiles yesterday at an Israeli tractor in the Mazraat Beth Jan area. They fired mortar and artillery shells in that sector and northwest of Shams village Friday.
One Israeli soldier was wounded on the Egyptian front this afternoon when Egyptian forces opened fire south of Ismailia. The Egyptians also opened fire several times in the northern and southern sections of the front and in the central section south of Kilometer 101, near Lake Timsah and near the Small Bitter Lake. The same areas had come under Egyptian fire Friday and yesterday. Egyptian forces attempted yesterday to break out of their perimeter south of El Baleh but were forced back by Israeli fire.