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September 12, 1969 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-09-12

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Large-Scale Israel Raids Reduce Egyptian Fire Power

TEL AVIV (JTA1—Israeli tanks
landed in Egypt Tuesday and
again Wednesday in large-scale
raids. Tuesday's attack was the
largest in the Middle East since
the June 1967. Six-Day War.
(For the first time since the
Six-Day War, Egyptian planes
raided Israel. But they were
repulsed without injury to Is-
raelis.)
A military spokesman said that
assault craft landed the tanks on
the Egyptian coast of the Suez op-
posite the Sinai Desert and that
Israeli forces smashed through a
front of 30 miles of Egyptian posi-
tions. --,
The spokesman said the attack
Monday night and that
began
dozens of Egyptians were killed or
wounded as the Israelis moved
forward.
The military spokesman said
that the raid took place at El
Hafayer, 24 miles south of Suez.
and Ras Zafrana, 54 miles south
of the city, which is at the south-
ern end of the 100-mile long canal.
The Israeli force was reported
to have returned to its base with
all its equipment intact.
Among the reported targets were
radar stations used to spot attack-
ing Israeli aircraft. The Israeli
military spokesman said that one
of it planes was downed by Egyp-
tian anti-aircraft fire during the
raid. (Cairo radio said that there
were dogfights along the canal
Monday but gave no details.)
Israel said the plane was shot
down by an American-made Sky-
hawk missile. But there was no-
indication of how Egypt obtained
the missile; it is using Russian-

thorities and other Arab states that •
aggression cannot fail to evoke
appropriate reaction." Premier
Golda Meir said that during August
Egypt violated the cease fire more
than 500 times. These violations,
she said, included opening of fire,
shelling. sabotage and mining ac-
tivities.
Mrs. Meir reiterated that "In the
absence of peace, we are ready
and willing to comply strictly with
the cease fire. The only condition
is reciprocity. This applies to
Egypt as to all neighboring Arab
states."

She said that "Egypt not only
flagrantly violates the cease fire
day in and day out, but the
Egyptian president has proclaim-
ed that he does not recognize the
very existence of the cease fire
and continuously acts accord-
ingly."

In the past week. Israeli forces
at the canal have lost 13 men
killed and 12 wounded. They are
bombed daily by Egyptian gun bat-
teries.
Gen. Haim Bar Lev. commander-
in-chief of Israel's armed forces, in
a broadcast on the army radio
Tuesday night, told his forces —
and the nation and Egyptians who
were listening — "The attack was
aimed at explaining to them
(Egypt) and showing them and
making them realize that in the
war of attrition, they are bound
to wear themselves down first."
Gen. Bar Lev said, "The Egyp-
tian army prov e d its complete
helplessness. It simply did not suc-
ceed in preventing, disturbing or
intervening — not in the air, nor
on the ground. or in the sea."
supplied ground-to-air missiles.
Hundreds of men and vehicles—
The pilot of the Israeli plane was tanks and armored infantry- were
seen parachuting into the Gulf of ferried across the 20-mile wide gulf
Suez. and a military spokesman and sped down the costal road, un-
said that while he was officially opposed. They landed at El Hafa-
listed as "missing" ships and yer, 24 miles south of the port of
planes were searching for him.
Suez (at the tip end of the canal)
There was no indication of and sped southward to Ras Zafa-
American-made F-4 Phantom jet , rana, about 54 miles south of the
used in the attack. The first city. before returning to the Israeli-
consignment of 50 Phantoms arriv- occupied Sinai Peninsula.
ed last week in Israel.
Gen. Dayan said in a televised
No Egyptian jets or troops at-
interview Tuesday night that be
tempted to fight off the raid by- doubted Tuesday's operation
Israeli armed units, the military- would lead to war, which would
spokesman said. One Israeli was
require a crossing of the canal.
listed as wounded.
Eli Landau, military correspond-
Columbia Broadcasting System ent for the newspaper Maariv, who
correspondent Anthony Hatch said accompanied the task force, said
from the attack area that armored the handful of Egyptian defenders
units including tanks and sup- were so surprised by the appear-
port vehicles landed under pro- ance of the Israelis that they ran
tective cover of Israeli planes.
when the first shots were fired.
Israeli jets returned to Egypt's
"All hell was let loose," he wrote.
Gulf of Suez Coast Wednesday and "Tanks were firing away at all
bombed and strafed Egyptian targets, and the road we followed
army vehicles and troops.
was lined on both sides with burn-
A military spokesman here term- ing vehicles of all descriptions, de-
ed the new raid a reply to "further stroyed buildings and shot up po-
Egyptian cease-fire violations sitions."
along the Suez Canal Wednesday
The Egyptians mistook the ad-
morning." He did not describe the ' vancing Israeli tank columns for
new alleged violations or the size their own. "A good many vehicles
of the attacking force.
that came our way must actually
The jets destroyed Egyptian ve- have mistaken us for somebody
hicles near Abu Darag and Ras else and even made way for us.
Zafrana Wednesday.
edging over to the roadside. They
No casualty figures were given made good targets."
for either side here Wednesday,
He said that the Israelis threw
but the first raid, Israel said, left explosives and hand grenades into
between 100-150 Egyptians dead sandbagged fortifications as they
and a wide swath of destroyed headed southward. At Ras Abu
Egyptian military positions, radar Dareg, a main target, the Egyp-
sites, missile bases, armored per- tians had placed an antitank gun
sonnel carriers, tanks and other on top of a lighthouse that was
vehicles.
blown u p, Landau reported. He
Wednesday's air operation ap- quoted an officer as saying "That
parently gave substance to De- was the most stupid positioning of
fense Minister Gen. Moshe Da- an antitank gun I have ever seen."
yan's warning Tuesday that
One injured Israeli soldier was
further blows could be expected. removed from the scene by heli-
(Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, chief of the copter, and all other personnel and
United Nations Truce Supervision equipment returned intact. One jet
Organization at the canal, was in , was reported downed by antiair-
Cairo Tuesday and was later sched- craft fire. The pilot was still miss-
uled to visit observers' positions ing in the Gulf of Suez into which
along the waterway. The location he parachuted.
of the Israeli raids do not fall
(In Egypt, a military spokes-
within the competence of the ob- ; man continued to deny the sue-
servers, whose duties are confined ! cess of the raid. He said that
to the canal, where Israeli and the landing force had been forced
Egyptian forces confront each other
to retreat with sizeable losses
and that the Israeli claims of
directly.)
Explaining to the nation that success were mere propaganda.
Tuesday's operation "was aimed at
(An Egyptian official said "I can
driving home to the Egyptian au- assure you this is one of their

dreams that never took place. Three the spokesman said. Cairo claimed of Israeli premises in Europe.
One saboteur was killed in an
Israeli jets were shot down, two destruction of the torpedo boat and
, encounter with an Israeli patrol
Israeli boats were sunk and there its crew.
near Al Hamma. Other members
were huge losses of Israeli men
The torpedo boats destroyed at
of the saboteur gang, which had
and equipment.)
Ras Sadat were similar to those
There were a numoer of ex- hit and sunk by Israel naval units crossed the Yamouk River into
planations for the attack Tuesday. in the Rumani region east of Port Israel-held territory, returned to
In addition to Mrs. Meir's state- Said on the Mediterranean over a Jordan. There were no Israeli
casualties in the clash. Another
ment that the raiders struck bases year ago.
saboteur was killed and an Israeli
and concentrations of Egyptian
The Popular Front for the Lib- soldier injured early Sept. 4
troops which had served as bases
eration of Palestine warned in the Gaza Strip north of Khan
for commando units laying mines
Tuesday in Amman that It would Yunis when an Israeli patrol en-
and launching attacks against Is-
escalate
its terror campaign countered a gang of saboteurs.
raeli positions, military observers
against Israel and installations
Two Israeli soldiers were killed
also saw it as a message to
abroad with "more dangerous, Sept. 3 and two injured when an
Egypt that it was not ready for a
possibly
fatal"
attacks.
Israeli patrol encountered a group
major war with Israel. It was gen-
It claimed credit for the recent of saboteurs south of the Damiyah
erally- agreed that the assault had
strategic and tactical significance. hijacking of the TWA airliner to Bridge. One of the saboteurs was
(Continued from Page 11)
Damascus and Sept. 1 bombings
Cairo radio broadcasts moni-

tored in Tel Aviv said that Is-
raeli aircraft assaulted Egyptian
observation posts along the canal
and that the Israeli aircraft had
been engaged.

The raid followed naval military
action in the Gulf of Suez on Sun-
day. Israel commandos destroyed
two Egyptian Russian-made tor-
' pedo boats at their mooring on the
Red Sea coast.
A military spokesman said that
the boats were destroyed at a
naval base at Ras Sadat, some 14
miles south of Suez City. He said
that they "had been used for acts
of sabotage and the mining of the
Israeli coastlines."
On the way back from the raid.
three Israeli commandos were
killed when explosives detonated
accidentally in their attack craft.

ly

10 Friday, September 12, 1969



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