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U.S. Confirms Privately That Syria is Getting Soviet Arms

State Department sources privately confirmed Friday that Syria is receiving shipments of arms from the Soviet Union although publicly the Department is saying it will neither confirm nor deny the reports. “Soviet shipments have been continuing and we are watching them.” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed. The sources declined to discuss details.

Regarding reports that Syria has moved mortars and heavy artillery into the buffer zone on the Golan Heights, the U.S. sources observed that this is “a technical matter” involving caliber of guns and stationary tanks and that the Israelis are discussing the matter with the United Nations. The sources regard the Syrian activity as a minor matter.