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Danish Member of U.N. Truce Team Killed by Landmine in Gaza Strip

A Danish member of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization staff was killed by a landmine explosion near the Gaza strip border yesterday.

A truce supervision headquarters communique stressed today that the jeep in which Sven Rasmussen, 34, had been travelling had struck at least two mines. UN observers found tracks leading to and from #### the point where the explosion took place, some 900 yards inside Israel. Mr. Kasmussen was en route back from duty at a UN observation post set up under agreements worked out by the UN with Egypt and Israel.

Israeli sources believe that Egyptian infiltrators set the mines in the early hours of Saturday morning. An Israeli patrol crossed the path Friday evening without running into any difficulty.

Earlier this week-end, four Israelis were wounded in the EI Auja area, two by a landmine and two during a short attack by Egyptians on a new settlement, Shelach. Several other incidents occurred yesterday in the EI Auja area and along the Israel Jordan border.

Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a prominent archaeologist, narrowly escaped injury this week-end when an archaeological party which he heads and its armed escort came under automatic fire in the Negev. This is Dr. Glueck’s fourth trip to the Negev, where he is mapping the settlements which existed there during Biblical times.

(Israel has submitted a letter of protest to the Security Council charging that “incessant attacks” along the Jordan frontier have created a situation of “extreme gravity.” The letter, which also scored a campaign of anti-Israel propaganda by leaders of the Jordan Government, was submitted only for circulation among members of the Security Council.)

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