TEL AVIV (Aug. 22)
Egypt fired a SAM-7 anti-aircraft missile at an Israeli fighter plane yesterday while, it was on a routine mission along the Sinai disengagement line. The plane was not hit. The incident was disclosed last night after the Israeli liaison officer with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) lodged a complaint. Israel said its plane was on a routine patrol flight and had not crossed the disengagement line.
According to the Israeli complaint, the Russian-made missile, known as the “Strella,” was fired from the direction of Egyptian forces on the east bank of the Suez Canal. Under the terms of the Israeli-Egyptian disengagement agreement signed last Jan., Egypt is not supposed to have missiles on the east bank of the canal.