Tank and artillery battles were still being waged on the disputed Goldan Heights between Syria and Israel as the U.
Tank and artillery battles were still being waged on the disputed Goldan Heights between Syria and Israel as the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, was making his last attempts to secure a disengagement agreement before returning to Washington.
Sunday (26 May) was the 76th consecutive day of fighting with flare-ups at several points along the Heights. On the Syrian side, tanks could be seen positioning, ready for battle. Rocket-launchers sent a steady stream of fire over the range of hills that obscure the Israeli positions. A Syrian spokesman later said that the artillery had been directed at enemy armoured vehicles, gun emplacements and anti-aircraft-missile bases at Tel al-Sheikha, Tel al-Shaar and Marfak Maes.
Around Mount Hermon itself, firing that had been going on intermittently throughout the night continued. The village of Deir all Addass, nestling among the hills on the Syrian side, was again the target for Israeli shells. The villagers have been caught in the cross fire since October conflict and only a few now remain -- preferring to risk their lives, rahter than leave their homes.
The Syrians said that their aircraft attacked Israeli forces in several areas, "inflicting heavy losses" during the day. What they described as "an intensified air strike" was directed at "troop concentrations at Tel Shams, Telal Fatma and Tel Qarin", according to the spokesman, who added that the planes had returned safely to base.