TEL AVIV (Jun. 8)
Syria refuses to take telephone calls from Israel.
The Damascus government announced June 4 that it was halting the direct-dial service that Bezek, the Israeli government telecommunications corporation, had inaugurated the day before.
The Syrians said telephone calls from an enemy country contravened the international telephone conventions and warned that action would be taken against any country aiding their transmission.
Bezek introduced direct dialing from Israel to several Arab countries a month ago. The calls are routed to London, where a private subsidiary directs them via satellite to the Arab receivers.