• Short Summary

    AS RENEWED ARTILLERY FIRE BROKE OUT ALONG THE SUEZ CANAL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), THE UNITED NATIONS CHIEF OBSERVER IN THE MIDDLE EAST REPORTED THAT BOTH OF THE WEEKEND'S BATTLES HAD BEEN BEGUN BY THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC.

  • Description

    AS RENEWED ARTILLERY FIRE BROKE OUT ALONG THE SUEZ CANAL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), THE UNITED NATIONS CHIEF OBSERVER IN THE MIDDLE EAST REPORTED THAT BOTH OF THE WEEKEND'S BATTLES HAD BEEN BEGUN BY THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC.

    YESTERDAY'S EXCHANGED WAS THE THEIR MAJOR BATTLE IN FOUR DAYS. OVER THE WEEKEND THE EIGHT-HOUR-LONG BARRAGE EXTENDED 70 MILES ALONG THE CANAL FROM EL QUANTARA IN THE NORTH TO PORT TEWFIK IN THE SOUTH. ARTILLERY MORTARS AND TANKS GUNNERS TOOK PART AS ISRAEL FORCES POURED SHELLS ON THE EGYPTIAN OIL INSTALLATIONS, MILITARY CAMPS AND NAVAL CRAFT AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE CANAL.

    A THICK PALL OF SMOKE STILL HANGS OVER THE EGYPTIAN OIL REFINERIES AT SUEZ, WHICH WERE BADLY DAMAGED IN THE FIRST ISRAELI BARRAGE.

    ONE UNITED NATIONS OBSERVATIONS MOST OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPIED SIDE OF THE CANAL ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF PORT TEWFIK WAS HIT AND SET ALIGHT BY MORTAR FIRE DURING THE BOMBARDMENT. GENERAL BULL, THE UNITED CHIEF OBSERVERS, HAS TOLD THE SECRETARY-GENERAL THAT SEVERAL OF THE U.N. POSTS ON BOTH SIDES WERE HIT AND DAMAGED DURING THE BATTLES.

    IT WAS DURING THE FIRING ON SUNDAY (9 MARCH) THAT THE EGYPTIAN CHIEF OF STAFF, GENERAL ABDUL MONEIM RIAD WAS KILLED WHEN A SHELL LANDED ON HIS OBSERVATION POST NEAR ISMAILIA.

    EACH SIDE HAS BLAMED THE OTHER FOR STARTING THE FIRING ON BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THEY HAVE ALSO ALLEGED SEARCHED IN THE UNITED NATIONS NEGOTIATION CEASE-FIRES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8ZHFWBPYO6JLIH7XSDIY4NVFV
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ZHFWBPYO6JLIH7XSDIY4NVFV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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