Syrian Cease-fire Violations Termed Deliberate by Israel

Syrian violations of the cease-fire between Dec. 15, 1973 – Jan. 5, 1974 inclusive were reported to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim yesterday by the acting permanent representative of Israel, Ambassador Jacob Doron.

In a letter to the Secretary General, Doron said the violations “included six attempts to cross the cease-fire line to advance positions; four cases of small arms fire; three cases of tank fire; three cases of anti-tank fire including two cases of firing anti-tank missiles; one case of mortar shelling; and 13 cases of artillery fire.” Israel lodged complaints in each case with the United Nations Observers Headquarters, Doron said.

According to the Israeli envoy, “The gravity of these attacks, which are causing casualties prove once again that these are not isolated incidents which may occur in situations of this kind, but that there exists a deliberate policy of the Syrian authorities with the object of creating an atmosphere of military confrontation, attacking Israeli forces and attempting to effect changes in the cease-fire line in favor of Syria.” Doron said that reports by the UN observers “reflects this situation on the cease-fire line between Israel and Syria.” He requested that his letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and Security Council.

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