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Egyptian Cease-fire Violations Include Moves to Advance Positions

Continuing and persistent Egyptian violation of the cease-fire during the period Jan. 11-14 was charged by Israel yesterday in a letter to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim from Ambassador Jacob Doron, acting permanent representative of Israel to the UN. The letter stated that “the proliferation and intensity of the Egyptian violations and attacks, including frequent attempts to advance positions,” have been confirmed in the official reports of the United Nations observers and the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) to the Security Council and in statements by the UNEF spokesman in Cairo.

Doron, who requested that his letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and Security Council, stated: “These persistent and continuing Egyptian violations are not isolated or accidental, but are the result of a clear, systematic and deliberate policy of the Egyptian authorities with the object of creating an atmosphere of military confrontation, violating the cease-fire and attempting to improve the cease-fire lines in favor of Egypt.”

The violations, said to have occurred during the four-day period covered in the letter, “included 12 attempts to cross the cease-fire lines, to advance positions and to push forward minefields…two cases of firing by snipers; 37 cases of small arms fire; two cases of small arms fire on Israeli forces and on United Nations positions one case of heavy machine gun fire; one case of tank fire; one case of anti-tank fire; two cases of firing anti-tank missiles; one case of Katyusha rocket launching; one case of mortar shelling; 25 cases of artillery fire; 14 cases of heavy artillery fire.”

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