Fifty people were reported killed in a daylong artillery and tank duel between Israeli and Egyptian forces across the Suez Canal on Wednesday (September 27).
Damaged buildings; people search through rubble; Suez Canal & UN observer; damaged freight train.
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Background: Fifty people were reported killed in a daylong artillery and tank duel between Israeli and Egyptian forces across the Suez Canal on Wednesday (September 27).
In Qantara, at the northern end of the canal, many buildings, including a church, were badly damaged by shells. A freight train just south of the town in Israeli-occupied Sinai was hit and four Israelis wounded.
The flare-up was the third within a week and ended only after six United Nations attempts to impose a ceasefire.
An Israeli Army spokesman said that 14 people, including eight Egyptians living in Sinai, were killed. israeli military casualties were four killed and ten wounded. In Ismailia, at the southern end of the canal, it was reported that 1,000 Israeli shells landed on the town alone, killing 36 people and wounding 85.
Israeli said Egyptian forces provoked the clashes by firing on two Israeli jeeps on the eastern bank of the canal. The Egyptians said the Israelis opened fire from an armoured car followed up by shelling the west bank town of Ismailia.
In Qantara, most damage was done to the eastern section of the town and to buildings along the canal front, including a United Nations observation post.