World: The Suez: Shalom and Salaam

FOR much of the day, Egyptian artillery pounded Israeli positions across the Suez Canal, and Israeli jets roared into Egypt to drop their bombs. As usual, with the onset of darkness the firing slackened. Then, at 11:30 p.m.. an Israeli patrol heard a sudden burst of gunfire and dived for cover. "We thought they were shooting at us," said the patrol leader. "But then we realized that they were shooting into the air. They were shouting. They were happy for the first time in many months."

Within another 30 minutes, it was official: a cease-fire...

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