TEL AVIV (Apr. 16)
Israeli and Syrian forces continued a bitter exchange of artillery and tank fire for the 36th day along a 40-mile front today after a night of heavy shelling by the Syrians which killed one Israeli soldier and wounded two others on the peak of Mt. Hermon. The dead soldier was identified as Sgt. Avraham Feldman, 23, of Kibbutz Shamir.
The Syrians kept up a heavy artillery barrage through the night in efforts to dislodge Israeli infantry entrenched near the top of the strategic 9200 foot mountain. Israeli forces established a stronghold in a cave captured from the Syrians in a fierce infantry clash Sunday. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was visiting the Israeli soldiers last night when a Syrian shell burst about 150 yards from the mouth of the cave.
This morning, Syrian gunners continued to shell Mt. Hermon and also directed fire at Israeli positions in the Yom Kippur War enclave and the Golan Heights. Israeli forces returned the fire. No Israeli casualties were reported in this morning’s exchange.
(A report from Beirut today said Lebanese Premier Takieddin al-Solh has ordered an investigation into why the Lebanese army failed to intercept Israeli commandos who raided six villages in southern Lebanon last Friday and took 10 prisoners)