Jordanians Free Abducted American Citizen, Apologize to U.N.

The chairman of the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission reported yesterday that Jordanian officials had apologized for the abduction of an American student, and given assurances they would act to prevent any recurrence of such incidents.

Col. St. Onge, of the United States, the chairman, made the report at an emergency meeting of the MAC, called to discuss an Israeli complaint about the abduction of the American, Sanford Sternlicht.

The student was walking to Ramat Rahel, which is in Israel on the border, when he came in sight of a Jordanian emplacement. A Jordanian soldier pointed a rifle at him and motioned him to cross the border. Sternlicht said that the Jordanians “roughed” him up a little at first, but then treated him well when they learned he was an American.

The abduction took place Monday and he was returned to Israel on Tuesday. Israel officials learned of the abduction only after he had returned. They complained immediately to the MAC.

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