TEL AVIV (May. 5)
Relative quiet has prevailed along the Suez Canal front for the past three days but a fierce artillery battle developed on the Israel-Jordan border near the southeastern shores of the Sea of Galilee yesterday, a military spokesman reported. He said relative quiet meant there were no sustained artillery barrages by the Egyptians. However, sniping continued across the canal and there were sporadic exchanges of small arms, tank and artillery fire between Israeli and Egyptian forces Sunday.
An Israeli civilian operating a tractor in the Suez Canal zone was injured today when Egyptian soldiers opened fire with anti-tank guns, a military spokesman reported.
Jordanian guns opened fire yesterday after an Israeli civilian car was attacked by guerrillas near El Hamma in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee. The Jordanian fire was apparently intended to cover the guerrillas who were being fired on by Israeli forces. Israeli gunners scored hits on the Jordanian village of Keiss overlooking the El Hamma road which was the source of the initial attack. Flames were seen in the area for a long time after the Jordanian guns were silenced, a military spokesman reported.
Israeli officials said today that April was one of the costliest months to Israel since the June, 1967 war. Twenty-five Israeli soldiers and four civilians were killed between March 30 and May 2. Sixty-one Israelis were injured and one is missing and one soldier was kidnapped by Egyptian commandos. Thirty-four Arab guerrillas were killed in the same period.