On the Syrian front on Sunday (14 October), Israeli armour and infantry reported they was encountering diminishing resistance as they fanned out along a line some 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
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Background: On the Syrian front on Sunday (14 October), Israeli armour and infantry reported they was encountering diminishing resistance as they fanned out along a line some 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
On Sunday (13 October) the Israeli forces came under heavy artillery and air attacks as they pushed along the road to Damascus. A Syrian military spokesman said the Israel Army had been forced to retreat after the fierce air and ground battles.
The Syrian spokesman claimed that 45 Israeli tanks, a large number of tracked vehicles and some Israeli Army positions had been destroyed. He went on to say that Syrian forces were pursuing a counter-attack.
Tel Aviv reports said Israeli armour with air support was already moving through eh defence system protecting Damascus.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli troops watched anxiously as Syrian artillery pounded their position, trying to stall the Israeli push along the road to Damascus, on Saturday. While the artillery barrage did not seem to halt the Israeli advance, the exploding shells did take their toll. Casualties were quickly evacuated by helicopter to aid stations close to the fighting.
Israel depended on its artillery to spearhead their advance...and long convoys of ammunition moved through Syrian territory to supply the guns at the front. Civilian lorries wheeled up to the breach of the guns with their loads.
The one hundred and fifty-five millimetre artillery supported tanks and troops advancing almost twenty-miles ahead. The Syrians said that a strong artillery and air counter-attack had pushed the Israeli forces back.
As the Israeli artillery laid down their barrage on Syrian positions, Syrian MiGs attacked. They came in low with their cannons blazing. The troops on the ground responded with machinegun and small arms fire, and Israeli Phantom jets flew to intercept. In the ensuing dogfight, the MiGs dodged as the Phantom's manoeuvred for a position to launch their missiles.
One of the Syrian MiGs was hit by a Phantom missile over the Israeli artillery position. The jet exploded in mid-air. Two pieces plunged to the ground and erupted in black smoke. The pilot had no time to eject.