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Israeli Border Patrol Kills Arab Infiltrator Near Syrian Frontier

The Army spokesman reported today that an armed infiltrator was killed last night in a clash with a border patrol in the upper Galilee, near the Syrian frontier. The spokesman said that three infiltrators were intercepted by the patrol and were challenged. The marauders opened fire to cover a retreat back to the border, and the fire was returned. The two survivors escaped across the border. Bloodstains were found, indicating that one of the two was wounded. A submachine gun, two hand grenades and ammunition magazines were found near the body of the dead infiltrator.

Israeli authorities lodged a complaint with the Israel-Syrian Mixed Armistice Commission. There was speculation here that the three were sent into Israel for espionage purposes. Last week, another group of infiltrators was captured in western Galilee.