Middle East: Emboldened Arabs

Separated by only four miles of water, the Israeli town of Eilat and the Jordanian town of Aqaba face each other across the shimmering tip of the narrow Gulf of Aqaba. Because the two seaports are so close, an uneasy cease-fire prevails in the immediate area between the Arab and Israeli forces. Last week the truce was shattered.

Swimming by night through the clear water, Arab frogmen, who most likely were members of the Egyptian navy's commando force, silently attached magnetic limpet mines to the hulls of two Israeli ships in Eilat...

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