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Jordan Troops Fire into Jerusalem; Egypt Condemned by U.N. Body

Jordan troops stationed on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in the Mt. Zion sector fired into Jewish Jerusalem today. The shooting began early in the morning and continued intermittently until noon.

Despite provocation, the Israeli troops on guard in the area held their fire. United Nations truce observers were alerted to the situation early.

In Tel Aviv, an Israel military spokesman reported that the Jordan shots had caused no casualties among the Israelis. He noted that tension had been mounting in the area as a result of a series of stone-throwing incidents involving Arab Legion naires who have apparently been attempting to provoke the Israeli troops.

The Egyptian-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission today condemned Egypt for the blasting of a main water line serving Israel’s Negev settlements in the Gaza area on the night of September 7, and for an attack by Arab infiltrees from the Gaza strip on September 5 in which an Israel tractor operator was murdered.

The Egyptian-Israel MAC expressed its concern with the fact that despite the obligation imposed on Egypt by MAC decisions and the armistice agreement to prevent such incursions, they continued. The MAC noted further “with extremely grave concern the serious situation prevailing along the demarcation line resulting from these acts.”

The Israel-Jordan MAC, meeting without Israel participation, condemned Israel today for allegedly wounding two Arabs near Hebron. The Jordanians had charged that Israelis had fired several shots at youths swimming in a village reservoir. The MAC also declared that the refusal of Israel authorities to permit UN observers to carry out investigations ordered by the MAC in Israel was consistent with the terms of the armistice agreement.

Infiltrees from Egyptian territory attacked an Israel Bedouin encampment near Birmalga last night, it was announced today. The attackers wounded two Bedouin and kidnapped three others before withdrawing.

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