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Israel-transjordan Armistice Body Adjourns; Will Check Complaint of Ambush by Arabs

The Israel-Transjordan armistice commission today adjourned for one week following a fruitless seven-hour discussion of the situation of the Arab village of Wadi Fukin, near Bethlehem, whose Arab inhabitants have been told they may return from exile, over the objections of Israel authorities. A similar case, that of the village of El Harbieh, on the border of the “triangle” area near Katun, was also discussed.

Before the commission adjourned, it appointed a sub-committee of one Israeli, one Transjordanian and one U.N. representative to investigate an Israel complaint that Transjordan forces ambushed an Israel Army truck near Gharandal, in the Negev, on August 31. Two Israel soldiers were killed in the incident and three were wounded.