An Israeli soldier was killed by Syrian artillery fire in the Golan Heights on Tuesday (19 March).
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Background: An Israeli soldier was killed by Syrian artillery fire in the Golan Heights on Tuesday (19 March). It brought the total casualties on the Israeli side of the front line to three dead and ten wounded after eight days of artillery exchanges. Two of the wounded were UN Truce observers.
During the bombardment which was the heaviest since the end of the October war all traffic was brought to a halt on the Israeli front.
Some of the Syrian shells fell near Israeli settlements on the part of the Golan Heights captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Settlers and foreign correspondents alike were forced to take to underground shelters.
Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Dayan, who will represent Israel when preliminary talks about an agreement with Syria begin in Washington, said that after a week of daily clashes he was not sure an agreement could be reached.