TEL AVIV (Jan. 16)
Military sources disclosed today that 30 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 119 wounded during the period Oct. 27, 1973-Jan. 15, 1974 in which the cease-fire has been in effect. According to the sources, the greatest number of casualties–24 dead and 90 wounded–occurred on the Egyptian front. The toll on the Syrian front was six killed and 29 wounded.
Transport Minister Shimon Peres said today that the Egyptian cease-fire violations constitute a “mini-war of aggression” and said it must be stopped, hopefully by political means and not by war. Discussing the situation on the Suez Canal front Peres told a radio interviewer that a claim by Likud that the Egyptians had moved long-range anti-aircraft SAM missiles to the east bank of the canal would not surprise him as both sides were trying to improve their positions. Some military sources expressed doubt about the Egyptian move but indicated that it is quite possible that at a later stage the Egyptians would set up SAM missile positions and sites on the canal’s east bank.