• Short Summary

    Fierce fighting continued along the Suez Canal on Friday (October 19th) with Israeli forces keeping up what was called an "incessant attack" upon Egyptian concentrations.

  • Description

    Fierce fighting continued along the Suez Canal on Friday (October 19th) with Israeli forces keeping up what was called an "incessant attack" upon Egyptian concentrations.

    The principal target of the Israeli drive was Egyptian anti aircraft missiles, which came under attack from Israeli aircraft and reinforced Israeli forces operating on the west bank of the Canal. Israel's leading military commentator, General Haim Herzog said the drive was aimed at "bringing Israel's air superiority to full play." He said the drive could develop into the "decisive battle" of the war, now at the end of its second week.

    An Egyptian communique confirmed the increased ferocity of the battles, and that Israel had pushed many more troops into the canal front. It said Egyptian air defences had shot down four Israeli planes above the battlefield as furious tank and artillery fighting raged "along the entire length of the confrontation line". Israel claimed to have shot down fourteen Egyptian aircraft in dog-fights.

    Israel also claimed to have knocked out half of the 1,200 Egyptian tanks that crossed the Canal, and said the Egyptians were now on the defensive, digging in for a more important battle to come.

    Since the war started, Palestinian guerrillas have intensified their activities against Israeli settlements along the Israel-Lebanon border, particularly against Kibbutzes around Kiriyat Shomona, a modern town with a population of 50,000. Metualls, six miles away, has been attacked every night and sometimes during the day. An Israeli border guard spokesman said there were some 400 Fedayeen operating on the Lebanese side of the border. They were firing rockets only one hundred yards (metres) from a Lebanese military camp, and no effort appeared to have been made to stop them. The border patrol, part of the Israeli National Police Force, shot dead two guerrillas trying to cross the border on Wednesday night (October 17th). It was the third time Palestinians had been killed trying to cross the border since the war began. Six were killed on Tuesday, and another five last week.

    Israeli troops are also keeping a watch over Jericho, an Arab city in Israeli-occupied Jordan west bank. Israeli armoured units move about the city's streets ensuring that no underground movements form, but the city has remained calm.

    SYNOPSIS: Israeli border patrol guards have been keeping a constant watch on the Israel-Lebanon border to stop Palestinian commandos making the crossing. Since the war began, Arab guerrillas have stepped up rocket attacks on border towns and kibbutzes. Kiriyat Shmona, a modern town with a population of fifty thousand, has been one of the commando's main targets.

    The city of Jericho, occupied by Israel in 1967, has also been guarded by Israeli troops, who patrol the city in armoured units. But the city's population of six hundred thousand has remained passive.

    The Israelis say there have been no signs of underground movements in the city, but reporters say the Arabs are unwilling to express their views about the war for fear of reprisals.

    On the Suez front, fierce battles have continued with Israeli forces keeping up what was called an "incessant attack" on Egyptian concentrations, and missile sites.

    An Egyptian communique on Friday confirmed the increased ferocity of the Israeli drive, and that Israel had pushed more troops into the front. It said tank battles were raging along the "entire length of the confrontation line."
    Israel said half of the twelve hundred Egyptian tanks that crossed the canal had been knocked out and the rest were digging in for the "more important battle to come". Israel's chief military commentator, General Haim Herzog said the drive was aimed at "bringing Israel's air superiority into the decisive battle" of the war.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6L2EQHRBW1SPK1VCFN5X8P0PP
    Media URN:
    VLVA6L2EQHRBW1SPK1VCFN5X8P0PP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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