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Syrians Fire on Israeli Planes

Israel Air Force jets on “routine patrol” over Lebanon were fired on by Syrian air-to-air missiles today. The Israeli aircraft were not hit and did not return the fire. All returned safely to their bases, military sources said according to Israel Radio. The sources were quoted as saying the patrols would continue.

Defense Minister Moshe Arens told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee yesterday that there were “worrisome signs” of Syrian military preparations in Lebanon and on the Golan Heights. He gave no details but admitted that Israel does not have a firm assessment of Syria’s intentions. Former Premier Yitzhak Rabin, a Laborite member of the committee, said Syria would not launch a war on Israel but he did not rule out local incidents. (Related story, P. 3.)

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