TEL AVIV (Apr. 17)
The Israeli Army disclosed today that it was using two potent American anti-tank weapons. The disclosure was made as Israeli and Syrian forces continued battling for the 37th day with heavy artillery and tank fire on the slopes of Mt. Hermon and along the Golan Heights. One Israeli soldier was wounded during the night by Syrian shelling of Israeli positions on the strategic peak of Mt. Hermon. There were no further reports of Israeli casualties in today’s fighting which was reported to be mainly long-range artillery and tank duels.
The army said today that since the Yom Kippur War it has added the Tow and the Low. American anti-tank missiles that were first used by American forces in Vietnam in 1970. The Tow. the more complex of the two, is operated by a four-man crew and can fire missiles at the speed of sound up to 3000 yards. The missile’s trajectory can be diverted in flight to follow a moving target. The Low. operated by a single soldier, can fire a missile up to 1000 yards that can penetrate over 11 inches of steel.
In an ominous development, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt reportedly warned in Cairo that Egypt has missiles trained on three Israeli cities. He did not name them but indicated they were the three “main” cities which are Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. Sadat was quoted as saying that he was confident that Israel would withdraw from the Sinai peninsula. He said he based his confidence on “strategic calculations.”