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Israel’s Operations in Huleh Continue Unmolested; Kidnaped Jews to Be Released

Israel’s drainage operations in the Huleh continued today without molestation by Syrian troops, while the Israel-Syrian armistice commission resumed meeting in an attempt to find a peaceful solution of the conflict arising out of Israel’s reclamation of marshland in the border area.

The three members of Kibbutz Betar who were kidnaped yesterday by soldiers of the Arab Legion will be returned to Israel on April 8, in accordance with a decision today of a sub-committee of the Mixed Armistice Commission. Upon their return they will be put on trial in Israel charged with unlawfully crossing the border and contacting the enemy, a government spokesman said here today.