Israel and Egypt resumed the 1973 Middle East War today, blaming each other for the breakdown of a short-lived cease-fire worked out by the United States and the Soviet Union.
Syria, which never agreed to the cease-fire, accused Israel of launching air and artillery attacks on the northern front.
Both Israel and Egypt reported the outbreak of full-scale fighting along the 102-mile-Long Suez-Canal this morning.
Egypt called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council which got under way at noon. Israel officials predicted the cease-fire would take effect after all in several days.
If there ever was a cease-fire at all, it lasted barely 12 hours and dissention continued in the Arab world over Egypt's original acceptance. Both Iraq and Libya, who have rejected the cease-fire, sent envoys to Cairo to discuss it.
The Israeli command said its tanks and warplanes went on the attack today "following the consistent violation of the cease-fire by Egyptian forces during the night and this morning."
"Our planes are attacking Egyptian troop concentrations on both sides of the canal, and Israeli armor forces are attacking the Egyptian dispositions west of the canal," a spokesman said.
The Egyptian military command said the all-out fighting began when "enemy tanks and forces opened fire in several sectors of the front in violation of the cease-fire resolution." The command said "our forces returned the fire" and battles raged at mid-morning along the waterway.
"Enemy planes bombed our positions west of the canal and this is regarded as another violation of the cease-fire," Egypt said.
Israel reported numerous clashes with Egyptian forces along the canal since the truce went into effect yesterday evening on the 17th day of the fourth Middle East war in 25 years.
A Syrian communique said Israeli artillery and warplanes "this morning shelled the village of Arna and surrounding villages on the eastern slopes of Mt Hermon." There were no reports of casualties or damages at the 9,232-foot-high mountain on the Golan Heights.
Iraq, one of a half-dozen Arab nations that sent contingents to join the fighting had turned down the cease-fire. Jordan however, said it would go along with the truce. Some Jordanian troops had been fighting in Syria, but there has been no combat along the Jordanian-Israeli border.
The Palestine Liberation Organization, the umbrella group for guerrillas fighting Israel, defied the cease-fire and vowed "to continue the armed struggle against the Zionist entity."
Israel and Egypt blamed each other for sporadic clashes soon after the cease-fire went into effect last evening after a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to the fighting.
The council had approved a joint U.S.-Soviet resolution early yesterday providing for a cease-fire "in place" and negotiations between the warring nations aimed at establishing "a just and durable peace" in the region.