Heavy shelling on the Golan Heights reintensified on Thursday (21 March) after a comparitive lull the previous day.
GV ZOOM OUT Golan Heights from Israeli observation post.
SV Israeli soldiers in emplacements and observation post. (3 shots)
SV Observer with binoculars.
GV Explosion in distance.
GV Soldier running to position.
GV Israeli APC along read.
SV Israeli soldiers running to bunkers.
GV U.N. Vehicle along road.
GV Smoke from explosion.
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Background: Heavy shelling on the Golan Heights reintensified on Thursday (21 March) after a comparitive lull the previous day. It was the tenth consecutive day that the opposed Israeli and Syrian forces have been involved in artillery duels. But though Israeli reports claimed the Syrian gunners had fired hundreds of shells on Thursday, there were no reports of casualties.
The Israelis also claimed that the Syrians opened fire first -- in the southern sector of the territory captured from Syria during the October war. Artillery, tanks and recoilless guns were all reported in action. The Israelis replied with a variety of weapons, including the long-range United States-supplied 175 mm artillery.
The Israelis described their own counter-barrage as being heavier than on previous days of artillery engagements. Ironically, at the same time, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan was cautioning the Knesset (Parliament) against escalation of fighting along the Golan front.
He feared that using more force to "silence Syrian aggression" might drag other countries into conflict -- adding that he feared Saudi and Kuwaiti forces, already in Syria, might become more intensively involved.
General Dayan is due in Washington next week to discuss with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger a separation of forces proposal for the Syrian front.
SYNOPSIS: From outposts along the Golan Heights, Israeli troops kept a tense watch on Thursday. For the nine previous days, the Golan had echoed once again with artillery fire. Some of the exchanges had been among the heaviest of the confrontation between Syrian and Israeli forces.
The first shells heralded another day of intensive artillery duels -- heaviest in the sector captured from the Syrians during the October War. The Israelis claimed the Syrians used artillery, tanks and recoilless guns in the duels, and reported that their own counter-barrage was heavier than on previous days. Hundreds of shells were reported fired.
While these scenes were being filmed, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan was warning parliamentarians that escalation on the Golan front could bring other Arab forces into the conflict. He's due to discuss plans for a separation of forces on the Golan when he visits Washington next week.