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Israel Patrol Fights Pitched Battle with Arabs at Border

An Israeli patrol and a unit of Jordan irregulars fought a pitched battle in the border area near Hebron yesterday, an Israeli military spokesman announced today. One Israeli soldier was seriously wounded while the Arab forces suffered a number of casualties.

Israel representatives have lodged a protest with the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission. This is the third incident in a week in this area. All three have involved irregular Arab forces.

An Israeli soldier was killed last Thursday when border troops clashed with Jordanian forces north of Beth Jibran on the Israel-Jordan border, the military spokesman said. He charged that the Jordanians penetrated Israel territory and were driven off after a brief skirmish during which they suffered a number of casualties.