• Short Summary

    In the face of the recent Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement covering the Sinai region, Syrian forces along the north-eastern front with Israel are on constant alert for a fresh outbreak of fighting.

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    In the face of the recent Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement covering the Sinai region, Syrian forces along the north-eastern front with Israel are on constant alert for a fresh outbreak of fighting.

    Syria's reaction to the Israeli-Egyptian pact has been one of anger, and the Syrian press has launched an intensive anti-Egypt campaign, strongly criticising President Anwar Sadat's acceptance of the peace terms negotiated by United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.

    The widening of the buffer-zone between Egyptian and Israeli forces in the Sinai has led to fears that Egypt's initial actions in a further Middle East conflict would be hampered, and that Syria might be left to feel the brunt of a determined Israeli attack.

    Syrian military and air force suffered considerable casualties, both in men and machines, during the October 1973 War against Israel 1200 tanks were lost...but the numbers have since been made up and increased by the purchase of a large number of Soviet-built T-44s... regarded as more manoeuvrable for fighting conditions along the Golan Heights front, but still outranged by the British-built Centurions of the Israeli army.

    Outside the limited-force zones set up under the 1973 peace agreement, Syrian military and artillery forces are heavily dug in along the road to the capital, Damascus. The gun-posts are never left unmanned, for much of the Syrian Army is convinced that Israel is only waiting for the right chance to strike.

    The Syrian air force under constant training and expansion, and a number of the ageing Soviet-built Mig-17 aircraft replaced by the newer, more powerful Mig-23s -- considered ??? for the Israeli force of U.S.-built Phantom fighters. A new generation of Syrian fighter - pilots has been trained to replace those killed in 1973, and airbases such as Maza, on the outskirts of Damascus have been extended and now have bombproof hangars for their valuable equipment.

    But, outnumbered almost 3-to-1 in manpower and just under 3-to-2 in the air, Syria's overall chances of holding off for long a powerful Israeli thrust are questionable.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6EUNI606F2CR9O3NDWWN5SV0D
    Media URN:
    VLVA6EUNI606F2CR9O3NDWWN5SV0D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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