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Jews Arrested in Syria; Charged with Trying to Cross into Israel

A number of Jews were arrested today in the Syrian city of Homs, on charges of attempting to cross the border into Lebanon en route to Israel, it was reported here today from Damascus.

An announcement by Syrian authorities said that the arrested Jews had “confessed” their intention of going to Israel. Lebanese smugglers were said to have been paid $35 per person to guide the Jews across the border.