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Two Jews Killed and Two Israel Arabs Kidnapped by Band of Arab Raiders in Negev

Two Jews were killed last night and two Israel Arabs were kidnapped by a group of infiltrating Arab marauders in the Midgal Gad area of the Negev, it was announced here today.

Later, a clash occurred between the Arab raiders and local police forces who were on their trail. The names of the murdered Jews are Eli Sasson, 22, and Jean Netta, 24.

Meanwhile, a conflict within the mixed Israel-Egyptian armistice commission over the extent of demilitarization in frontier areas in the Negev has caused U.N. chief of staff Brig. Gen. William E. Riley to call a meeting of a joint “Appeals Committee” as provided for in the armistice pact between the two states. The appeals body, which is expected to meet this month, consists of members of both delegations which negotiated the original pact.

Reports from the Old City of Jerusalem–press reports and private advices–speak of an intensification of the water shortage in the Transjordan-controlled part of the city. Recently, the Transjordan representative on the special Israel-Transjordan commission on Jerusalem has appealed to the Israelis for permission to run a water line from Solomon’s Pools, near Bethlehem, though the international zone of Jerusalem to the Old City.

Arab Legionnaires are active in the Latrun area attempting to halt the flow of Arab infiltrees from Transjordan territory into Israel. Their activities have also resulted in the apprehension of a number of smugglers of foodstuffs.

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