EYEWITNESSES: Reports from the Cease-Fire Fronts

As the Middle East war stumbled fitfully toward a permanent cease-fire last week, TIME correspondents on both sides of the fronts observed the action.

From William Marmon, with Israeli troops on the western bank of the Suez Canal:

"Hey, what is this, Dizengoff Street?" yelled one Israeli soldier, referring to Tel Aviv's cafe-filled main street. He was surprised to see journalists in civilian clothes on the newly secured Israeli bridgehead in Egypt. We, however, were nervous. Armed only with pink press passes, tourniquet bandages and surplus broadbrimmed British helmets (which were a source of amusement to Israeli soldiers, who wear snug-fitting U.S.-style...

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