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U.S. Grants 3, 000, 000 Israeli Pounds for Development of Railways

John Haggerty, chief of the United States Mission in Israel, announced today United States grant of 3, 000, 000 Israel pounds for the development of Israel railways.

One million pounds has been earmarked for the extension of the Beersheba-Dimona line deeper into the Negev, Mr. Haggerty said during a tour of railroad installations in the south. The United States had previously provided about 5, 000, 000 Israel pounds, part of it in foreign currency, for Israel railways which include provision for eight new Diesel engines.

Work on the Dimona line is progressing, he said, and when the extension is completed, it will permit the land transport of all iron works products, as well as kaolin and glass sand in the region. Dead Sea chemical products also will be carried on this line when it is extended to Kurnub near Sdom.