JERUSALEM (Jul. 16)
Arab press charges that Israelis on Mt. Scopus were violating the armistice agreement are unfounded, Gen. William E. Riley, head of the United Nations truce supervision machinery in Palestine, declared today after an inspection of Israeli positions on the height.
However, the General refused to make further comment on his findings. He was accompanied on his inspection tour yesterday by the U.N. officer responsible for supervising the truce in the Mt. Scopus area. Later in the day a regular fortnightly Israeli supply convoy mounted the height without hindrance from the U.N. officials.
Two U.N. officials and Col. Shaul Ramati, chief Israeli delegate to the Mixed Armistice Commission, today set out for the Negev for an on-the-spot inquiry into the killing of five Israeli watchmen guarding copper mines in the desert. They were killed yesterday in an attack on the ancient site of King Solomon’s mines by a gang of Arab infiltrees. Before leaving, Col. Ramati laid responsibility for the raid at the door of the Arab Legion and charged that it was a “grave” violation of the armistice pact.