• Short Summary

    Israeli forces were in firm control on Thursday (18 October) of the Gidi Pass -- one of three roads leading from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel.

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    Israeli forces were in firm control on Thursday (18 October) of the Gidi Pass -- one of three roads leading from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel.

    Egyptian tanks advanced towards the Pass in the first days of Middle East war, but met stiff Israeli resistance. Israel armour managed to push the Egyptians back -- in some places to the edge of the Suez Canal.

    Since then, the campaign on the approaches to the Gidi Pass has consisted of sporadic tank battles. The Israelis' aim has been to suffer as few casualties as possible, without heavy tank losses.

    Military commentators believe a major Egyptian offensive may be launched at the Gidi Pass, a strategic link with Israel.

    On Thursday (18 October), the Egyptian forces were reported to be attacking two key positions in the direction of the Gidi and Mitla Passes. The Israelis claim to have inflicted heavy losses on the Egyptians.

    An Egyptian military communique issued in Cairo noted that furious tank and artillery fighting raged along the entire length of the confrontation line.

    SYNOPSIS: The approach to the Gidi Pass -- one of three roads leading from the Suez Canal and the Sinai Peninsula into Israel. On Thursday, Israeli forces had firm control of the Pass, reversing the situation in the first days of the Middle East war when Egyptian tanks pushed towards it in their initial advance.

    Israeli armour managed to turn the Egyptians back -- in some places to the edge of the Suez Canal. Since then, the campaign on the approaches to the Gidi Pass has consisted of sporadic tank battles. The Israelis say their aim has been to suffer as few casualties as possible, without heavy tanks losses.

    Military observers believe a major Egyptian offensive may be launched at the Gidi Pass, a strategic link with Israel. On Thursday, the Egyptians were reported to be attacking two key positions in the direction of the Gidi and Mitla Passes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3Y5HOTFH88TW3NK2TQO3F19OL
    Media URN:
    VLVA3Y5HOTFH88TW3NK2TQO3F19OL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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