UNITED NATIONS (Jan. 31)
Israel has charged that Syria violated the cease-fire 16 times during the period Jan. 26-29 and claimed that the violations “which are causing casualties prove the existence of a deliberate policy of the Syrian government in this respect.” The complaint was contained in a letter to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim from the acting Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, Jacob Doron.
Fifteen of the reported violations involved heavy artillery fire by the Syrians and one small arms fire. “Reports by the United Nations Observers Headquarters to the Security Council reflect this situation on the cease-fire line between Israel and Syria,” Doron wrote. He requested that his letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and the Security Council.