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    On the sixth day (Thursday 11 October) of the Middle East fighting, a period equivalent to the entire duration of the 1967 War, heavy fighting was still continuing on both fronts.

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    On the sixth day (Thursday 11 October) of the Middle East fighting, a period equivalent to the entire duration of the 1967 War, heavy fighting was still continuing on both fronts. While on the Golan Heights the Israelis said they were pushing into Syria having regained all lost territory, in Sinai neither side appeared to be gaining the upper hand.

    Israeli claims to have taken the fighting into Syria were confirmed by Western correspondents who visited to Golan Heights. They were said to be proceeding along the road to Damascus, thought their objectives were not clear. An Israeli spokesman said 800 out of the 1,400 tanks the Syrians had deployed along the front had been smashed. But he added that the Syrians were continuing to fight. On Thursday, the Israeli Air Force was in action along the Syrian front.

    There were also fierce air battles in the south, over the Nile Delta, the Sinai Desert and the Gulf of Suez. An Egyptian spokesman said 23 Israeli aircraft had been shot down for the loss of six Egyptian planes. Israeli aircraft losses, estimated by some independent sources to be as much as a quarter of their force, could prove to be a vital factor in the war if replacements ware not forthcoming from the United States.

    The air activity followed an all-night tank battle in the Sinai, in which the Egyptians claimed to have knocked ut 25 tanks. Israel said its forces had carried out brief operations on the Egyptian side and Prime Minister Golda Meir said their troops had gone over to the offensive at all points on the front. She assured the nation, in a television broadcast, that the war would end in an Israeli victory.

    "Israeli tanks are being held in reserve,to be thrown into the battle if need be".

    SYNOPSIS: In the Sinai Desert, there have been continued armoured and air battles on Thursday, the sixth day of the Middle East fighting. In an equivalent period in 1967, the Israelis achieved a sweeping victory. But this time the resistance they are encountering is stronger and more persistent, and their tanks and aircraft are involved in frequent battles. Only the night before this there had been a fierce clash of armour, in which the Egyptians claimed to have knocked out twenty-five Israeli tanks.

    There were also air battles on both sides of the Suez Canal. Here an Egyptian Mig strafes Israeli positions.

    On the Golan Heights, however, the conflict appeared to be veering more Israeli's way. The Israelis claim to have carried the war into Syrian territory and their Defence Minister Moshe Dayan said their forces were moving up the road to Damascus. The Syrian capital is only fifty kilometres from the old ceasefire line, but he declined to specify whether it had become a military objective.

    The Israeli Air Force was in action again on Thursday against Syrian positions. The Israelis claim to have total air superiority, but Syria has claimed to have shot down many of their jets. Independent western observers believe Israel may have lost a quarter of its air force on both fronts.

    Israel maintains that its armour has destroyed more than half of the Syrian tank force on the battlefront General Ham Herzog, former chief of military intelligence, said eight hundred of the fourteen hundred tanks deployed by the Syrians on the front lines had been smashed.

    And as Israeli armour moved up, Defence Minister Dayan was confident that the fighting on this front would be over the seventh day. It remained to be seen how heavy Israeli's losses - especially in the air - had been.

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