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Jordan Terror on Israel Border Increases; 12 Attacks Reported

Since the Big Three Foreign Ministers decided on October 17 to raise the issue of Israel-Jordan border tension in the United Nations Security Council there have been 12 more aggressive actions by Jordanians against Israelis, an Israel military spokesman announced here today. The spokesman charged that these attacks, which bear the stamp of military operations, are undermining security along the Israel-Jordan border.

In a detailed listing of the attacks by regular and irregular Jordan forces, the Israel spokesman included the mining of a train on Israel territory, the firing on Israeli officers going to meetings of local commanders of both sides, the killing of a railraod watchman near Hadera and the kidnapping of three Israeli Bedouins and their flock of 350 sheep from a point two-and-a-half miles inside Israel.

One Israeli soldier was killed and a second wounded today in a flare-up of violence on the Gaza strip border, an area which has been quiet for some time. The incident occurred when an Israeli-three man border patrol stopped to exchange cigarettes and conversation with an Egyptian patrol. A second group of Egyptians suddenly appeared and opened fire. Two men were wounded and one escaped with the third, unhurt, member of the patrol.

Later the Israelis were informed that the wounded man who remained behind had died while in Egyptian custody. Israel has lodged a protest with the Mixed Armistice Commission and has asked for an emergency MAC session to consider the incident.

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