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   European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - March 23, 1979, Darmstadt, Hesse                              Israelisalerted aspact nearsBy United Press InternationalIsrael, fearful  f attacks by Palestinianguerrillas lo provoke hostilities to spoil theMiddle Hast peace treaty. Thursday or-dered troops on alert along its easternfront with Jordan and SyriaAs if confirming those fears. Iraqwarned other Arab states that if they donot harden their opposition lo (he Kgyp-tian-lsraeli peace accord, they will betreated as traitors and overthrown.The treaty is scheduled to be signed inWashington Monday by Kgyptian Presi-dent Anwar Sadal. Israeli Prime MinisterMenachcm Begin and President Carter.The Israeli military beef-up was orderedby Defense Minister Ezor Wei/man onlyhours after the Knesset overwhelminglyapproved the draft peace treaty withEgypt, an action Egypt's president saidwas insured by his secret ally — "the Is-raeli mother."Wcizman ordered the alert to preventSyria. Iraq and Palestinian guerrillasfrom initiating hostilities on the Israelifrontier todetract from the peace pact./rfcThe army stands on alert always, andf • more during the last few days withthe events in the Middle East and with pos-sible threats from Iraq. Syria andJordan," Wcizman said.Me said Israel faces "more than 5.000tanks and 1,200 planes" on the easternfront.A military spokeswoman vaguely de-scribed the alert as "a fairly routine situa-tion, with a bit of alert to be prepared" foranypossibility.The Knesset's 95-18 approval of thetreaty climaxed two days and 28 hours ofdebate — the longest in its history. Twodeputies abstained, four did not vote andone was absent.The vote came as no surprise to Sadat,who is resting at his Nile Delta Barragesretreat."I knew this," a visibly happy Sadatsaid. "Do you know why? Because I have aC't ally in Israel that I depended upon.- Know who? The Israeli mother."Sadat said he never lost hope a treaty(Continued on Page 28, Col. 1)U.K. ambassadorslain in HollandI'lIK IIAIH'K. Netherlands il'l'li -(lumiu'ti sluil and Killri! lite ItHlish ambas-sador to tin* Netherlands alonn uilh a Iccn-ap'il v;iM Thursday as llu- cnvn\ — an e*|>cil on sminly — Icll Ins uilniuulnlhouse at n regular hmir.Tin- amlxis.sadnr, Sir Richard Sykes. .~)H.died .11 a nr,uIn hospital two hours .ifUTHie attack.His driver and a woman olficial I nun theMrilish Foreign Olhcc who also was in InsKolls-lloyce linviusini' were unhurtThe woman. Alysun Italics, pul herhandbag in Iron! of licr lace tn protect her-sell (mm living glass and did mil sir ilu>aMaekcrs iSecplmlu. P.-igc:i i"II was only when Ihe chauffeur dr-ivc-out into the Mreet Ihal ', icah/.ril the am-bassador had turn shot and xvas imcon-scums." slit1 said.The driver look Die ambassador In a pn-lice station around tin- cnnu'f and wasguided In ii hospital Ihal had been npciicdonly the day before.The ambassador's I'J-ycar-old valet.Dutchman Karel Straub. died in the samehospital. He was holding open the door nlthe limtiiisine when the attack came.A police ollicial said the two gunmen be-lieved lo be involved in the attack were"highly trained professionals."They appeared from behind a churchand fired from n .small square np|>nsiic iheambassador's 17th century residence. Un-official saidI'nluc uric investigating a [MssilNhlyIhf ambassador had been killed by Ihe prousional Irish Republican Army, which hasclose links will) ultra-Id! groups in theNelhcrliiiulsSykes was in  i[ilnrnatic sources said lie Icll his resi-lience at the same lime every ilay and lonkthe same mule lo Ins nlfice 'At the lime "fIhe attack, the residence was uni;iiartlcil.IHiU'h Koreinn Minister t'liris van tierKlaaiMV jckiiim'letl^'-ilItnlish Charge d Allaires Roger Harveyexplained the apparently la\ scc'inlt bysaying, "There was nnihing lo stiji^i---! iheambassador had made any cnemit1.^ any-where lit- was well loved and le-pcclcd'"Harvey said tin- cmbassv hail "no reasonfnrcomplain!" abnu! the butch policeQueen Juliana of the Netherlands anilQueen K!i/.abcth II nf llritain sent mes-sages of condolences lo the ambassador'swuiow. Lady Ann. and his three childrenSquads ol armed police pal rolled TheHague and set up roadblocks Securitymeasures were put iniii ellirl al ollicialHritisli premises in Ihe Netherlands.Top-seasongasolinelack fearedNEW YORK (UPIi - Unusually strongdemand for gasoline has reduced U.S. gas-oline inventories and could lead to spotshortages when the peak driving seasonopens of Memorial Day. industry sourcessaid Wednesday.', the American Petroleum In-itut^repoHed that the nation's gasoline'II bf 5.9 million barrels to 246.4in the week ended March'APr*said gasoline inventories in theest week were 26 million barrels belowycar-ago level.Gasoline production rose, however, to6.9 million barrels a day in the same periodfrom 6.6 million barrels daily a week ear-lier, the API said."Unusually high and early demand forgasoline at this time of year could presagespot shortages as the driving season movesinto its pt-aK season between June and Oc-tober." the industry sources saidIn an encouraging sign, the API saidsupplies of distillates used primarily forhome heating oil dropped by only 5 millionbarrels, to 119.3 million barrels, and re-flected milder weather around the nation,particularly in tbe Northeast.Distillate stocks hnd declined by asmuch as 15 million barrels in recent weeksbecause of severe winter weather in manyparts of the country-"The warm weather is enabling refine-ries to switch over lo making a little moregasoline." the sources said. "As it getswarmer, they will be able to shift more oftheir production into gasoline "Henneries have the capacity to matchtheir production record of 79 million bar-rels of gasoline a day if they can getenough crude oil. the sources said.Crude oil imports rose slightly to 67 mil-linn barrels in the week ended March 16from 66 million barrels the week before,the API said. The nation's crude importswere well above Ihe 5 6 million barrels offoreign oil that came into the country atthe same time last year.  

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