JERUSALEM (Aug. 26)
The Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission will resume tomorrow an emergency session convened on complaints of both Israel and Jordan because of the border flareup in the Jerusalem area yesterday morning. One Israeli soldier was killed and a Jordanian soldier wounded in the exchange, the first in the Jerusalem area in more than a year.
Both sides charged each other with a breach of the 1949 armistice agreement and both asked an emergency session of the armistice commission. The commission opened the emergency session last night, meeting for two hours, dealing mainly with procedural matters. The session was then adjourned until tomorrow to permit UN truce observers to investigate the incident and make a report.
After Israel’s regular Cabinet meeting yesterday, a spokesman for the Government said that the Jordan Israel exchange was touched off on “the initiative of a local commander on the Jordanian side,” and that Israel had hoped it would not develop into a major fight.