The situation along the Sinai Front, east of the Suez Canal, remained relatively quiet on Wednesday (31 October) apart form at least one skirmish between an Israeli jet and Egyptian SAM missiles.
GV Two balls of smoke in sky (explosion)
GV Smoke trail form phantom jet
SV Wrecked Israeli vehicles PAN to truck along road
SV Travelling along road in truck
GV ZOOM to tank moving in desert
SV Wrecked Israeli tank
SV Brigadier Hassan Saada
SV Wrecked Israeli tanks (2 shots)
SV ZOOM to shell hole in tank
GV Wrecked tank ZOOM to dead Israeli soldier buried in sand (head and boot showing)
SV Egyptian soldier driving captured Israeli tank (2 shots)
REPORTER: "With the Israeli troops now in Egypt on the West bank, do you still feel that you have a victory?"
SAADA: "Yes, of course.. If they have enough forces in the Western bank why didn't they went to Cairo? Why didn't they take Suez? Why didn't they take Ismailia? And it was about twenty Kilometres or twenty-five kilometres form the base which they crossed the Canal."
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Background: The situation along the Sinai Front, east of the Suez Canal, remained relatively quiet on Wednesday (31 October) apart form at least one skirmish between an Israeli jet and Egyptian SAM missiles.
Newsmen visiting the area said the fringes of the Ferdan - Gaza road were strewn with the debris of battle, ranging from the shells of trucks to burnt-out tanks, mostly Israeli Centurions and Pattons, and a few pieces of Egyptian armour.
Around Ferdan, where this film was shot, the Egyptians had dug in with a network of hun sites, weapon pits and posts swarming with thousands of men and their machines. Correspondents said fresh men, materials and supplies were being brought up to the front.
One group of newsmen watched a high-flying Israeli phantom drawing a white vapour trail across the sky and being fired on by two Egyptian SAM missiles which exploded without striking their target. They said the ceasefire otherwise appeared to be holding firm along the Sinai front.
The Egyptian Area Commander, Brigadier Hassan Abu Saada, told reporters his troops -- members of the Egyptian Second Army - were ten miles (16 kms) east of Ferdan, with the Israelis only another 1500 yards (metres) further on. He claimed the Israelis were more than three miles (5 kms) away when the ceasefire took effect, but that they had been "grabbing territory ever since." He said all had been quiet except for some machine-gun fire and a few air violations.
Brigadier Saada claimed his mon had captured 300 Israeli tanks in their eastward thrust; newsmen said the Egyptians seemed most proud of the Israeli tanks they had captured intact, and were putting them through their paces.