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Arabs Dig Fortifications; Israeli Military Warns Jordan

An Israeli military spokesman today predicted worsening conditions all along the Israel-Jordan frontier unless the Jordanians take strict measures to prevent aggressive activities against Israel.

This statement was made against a background of Jordan mobilization in the Jerusalem area. Tension was heightened as Arab Legion troops in full battle dress moved into the Old City of Jerusalem today and began digging new fortifications.

The Israeli spokesman noted that since the UN chairman of the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission had abstained on the Israeli resolution calling for condemnation of the Negev bus massacre, incidents along the Israel-Jordan frontier had doubled in number.

Between the time the Scorpion Pass murders were committed and four days later, when the MAC met to consider that case, five incidents occurred, the spokesman reported. Between the time the UN chairman abstained on the Israeli resolution condemning Jordan for the killings and March 27, 12 attacks by Jordan occurred. Since the Negev outrage itself, he disclosed, 25 incidents were recorded, including three today.

The three today involved firing on the village of Mevoot Beitar, in the Jerusalem corridor, firing on Israelis working in fields not far from Kalkilya, in Central Palestine, and a third incident near Kissalon, where a Jewish watchman was killed this week-end. This is the third time attacks have occurred near Kissalon in less than a week.

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