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U. N. Action Forces Syria to Return Two Jews Kidnapped in Israel

Yoshua Horowitz and Herbert Marsh, two Jews–one an American and the other a Briton–who were kidnapped by Syrians north of Lake Tiberias, in Israeli territory, last Saturday, were returned to Israel today. They told of harsh treatment by their Syrian captors.

United Nations military observers, who intervened, were present when the Syrians handed the men back to Israel authorities at the Bnot Yaacov bridge, south of Lake Huleh, this afternoon.

Mr. Horowitz had fought with Israel’s forces in this country during the war of liberation had returned home to America, then came back here again a year ago, bringing with him tractors, bulldozers, and other equipment. He and Mr. Marsh had been looking along Lake Tiberias for a site for a cattle farm. They were in their automobile, Saturday. well inside Israeli territory, when Syrians suddenly opened fire.

The men said they left the car, which had been smashed by the fire, and sought shelter among some bushes in the demilitarized zone along the Israel-Syria frontier. Firing, they said, continued for about four hours, Mr. Marsh being slightly wounded. Finally, the Syrians captured them, beat them, and dragged them across the border into Syrian territory.

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