U. N. Report Fixes Blame on Jordan for Killing Chief of Armistice Body
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U. N. Report Fixes Blame on Jordan for Killing Chief of Armistice Body

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Lt. Col. George A. Flint, chairman of the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission, who was killed in a battle on Mt. Scopus May 26, “was shot by a bullet fired from Jordanian controlled territory.” After two months of investigation, this fact was formally established today by a report received from Maj. Gen. Carl c. von Horn, Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine.

The report, circulated to the members of the Security Council by Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, also blames Israel for contributing to possible “further incidents and aggravations” by limiting use of a road on Mt. Scopus leading from the Arab village of Issawia to the Jordanian sector of Jerusalem.

Gen. von Horn’s earlier report on the Mt. Scopus incident, dated last June 7, had supported an Israeli claim that Jordanians were responsible for Col. Flint’s death only to the extent of stating Jordanian blame was “probable.” Today’s report, however, establishes, on the basis of tests conducted at the State Criminalistics Institute of Stockholm, Sweden, that Jordanian responsibility is definite.

According to Gen. von Horn, the bullet that killed the Canadian officer had been fired from a Lee-Enfield rifle and at least one of the four Israeli policemen also killed in the incident “was shot by a bullet fired by another rifle of the same type.”

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