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Israeli Soldier Killed, 5 Wounded in 5-hour Duel with Egyptians

An Israeli soldier was killed and five were wounded in a series of small arms and artillery exchanges all along the Egyptian front today. The soldier was killed southwest of Fayid where Egyptian forces opened small arms fire on Israeli units early this morning. The fire was returned, Egyptian forces fired small arms and mortars at Israeli positions south west of Fayid. The fire was returned and the Egyptians subsequently extended the area of fight ing to DJabel Ataka and Abadiyeh port on the Gulf of Suez.

The ensuing exchange of mortar and artillery fire lasted nearly five hours during which five Israeli soldiers sustained wounds. The shooting ended at 3 p.m. local time. Egyptian forces. also fired small arms and mortars at Israeli units east of the Small Bitter Lake and east of El Ballah island. The Syrian front was quiet today.