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First Dogfight Between Israeli and Syrian Planes; Drainage Work in Huleh Continues

April 12, 1951
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The first aerial dogfight between Syrian and Israeli planes took place this afternoon when a Syrian fighter appeared over Israeli territory wear the frontier. He was driven back into Syria after an exchange of fire with an Israeli fighter.

Earlier, five Syrian planes flew over the defense zone, violating the provisions of the armistice agreement. Israeli authorities lodged a protest with United Nations officials against the newest Syrian violation of the pact.

Quiet prevailed today in the Ein Gev district and the surrounding area of the Israeli-Syrian frontier while the drainage work in the Huleh area, to which Syria objects, proceeded without interference. The Israeli police patrol which was pinned down yesterday in the Ein Gev area by intermittent fire from Syrian troops returned to its base this morning under cozy of darkness.

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