MIDDLE EAST: Border Ambush

Escorted only by a squad of Lebanese military police, three carloads of visiting Syrian officers last week took a tour along Lebanon's border with Israel. The trip was uneventful until the tiny convoy reached Ramieh, a town eight miles inland from the Mediterranean where paved roads run parallel on both sides of the border. There the Syrians emerged from brush and trees along the Lebanese road to a startling sight. Scarcely a hundred yards away, five Israeli tanks and three halftracks lay in ambush for them on the other road.

Swiftly the Israelis moved in. During a two-minute fight, four...

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