The United States and Britain have pledged their support for the U.N. Secretary-General's proposal to?
The United States and Britain have pledged their support for the U.N. Secretary-General's proposal to send U.N. military observers to the Suez Canal to oversee the uneasy ceasefire. The support came in the Security Council debate on yesterday's serious outbreak of fighting in the area between Egyptians and Israelis. The canal area was reported quiet today after yesterday's clashes in which Israel lost three tanks and 11 armoured cars, according to Cairo radio.
An Israeli spokesman said that Israeli aircraft went into action to silence Egyptian artillery batteries which had been shelling Israeli positions in the Ras Al-Ish and Qantara area on the East bank of the Suez Canal. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in the fighting which was more serious than the skirmishes which broke out in the same area last weekend.
The Qantara-Port Fouad district on the North-East bank of the canal is the furthest point West reached by the Israeli Army in its lightning dash across the Sinai desert last month.
At the United Nations both sides have accused the other of renewing the fighting.