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Israel Bans Mixed Patrois Along Negev Border when Egyptian Land Mine Hits Military Truck

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Israel military authorities banned mixed Israel-Egyptian patrols along the country’s southern border after a patrol truck struck a ground mine today, wounding two Israelis. Only Israelis were aboard the truck when it blew up on the mine south of the Beeri settlement in the Negev, an army spokesman said. The mixed patrols, set up by agreement several months ago, would be abandoned while the incident was investigated, he added.

Ten days ago Israel authorities withdrew their troops from mixed Israel-Jordan patrols on the northern frontier when an Israel truck struck a mine in the Beit Jibrin area, killing fpur Israel soldiers.

Recent clashes on the Israel-Jordan frontier were discussed today at a meeting of top Israel and Jordanian officers, which was attended by Col. B. de Ridder, a United Nations observer, who is also chairman of the mixed Israel-Jordan armistice commission.

The Israel representatives at today’s meeting demanded that the Jordanian authorities take “drastic action” to supervise civilians seeking to ##ter Israel territory unlawfully, as a “prerequisite to any discussion of minor matters.”

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