Israel and Transjordan Agree to Exchange Territory to Settle Fate of Arab Villagers

Protracted negotiations between Israel and Transjordan representatives over the fate of the village of Wadi Fukin ended here last night with the signing of an agreement providing for an exchange of territory. The agreement ends a lengthy dispute between the two states over the fate of the Arab inhabitants of the village who fled it during the hostilities and whom the Israelis refused to readmit.

According to an Israel communique, Transjordan will receive 3.09 square kilometers, including the village. For its part, Israel is to get three square kilometers of farming land situated 20 miles north of Beersheba, in addition to the important road junction between Bethleham and Beit Natif. The date for the exchange of this area is to be fixed at the next meeting of the mixed armistice commission next Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Israel representatives on the mixed Israel-Syrian commission have protested to the United Nations against the wanton destruction of buildings in Mishmar Hayarden by the Arabs just before they surrendered the settlement to the Jews. Two Arabs were killed last night in clashes with policemen who halted their attempts to infiltrate the Israel lines near Nathanya.

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