Two Foreign Students Disappear from Kibbutz Near Syrian Border

Two young foreign students who have been working this summer at Kibbutz Shamir, near the Syrian border, disappeared last Friday and are feared to have wandered inadvertently across the frontier into Syria, Israel reported today to the Syrian-Israeli Mixed Armistice Commission.

The students are Jeanette Archer, 19, of England; and Gil Hirschner, 21, of France, Members of their kibbutz last saw them on the edge of the Syrian frontier last Friday. When they failed to return by nightfall, a search was started, but brought no results. Israel asked the United Nations Mixed Armistice Commission to try to see whether the two young people can be traced in Syria.

A Syrian was placed under arrest by Israeli police after he crossed the border and asked members of Almagor settlement for asylum. The settlers brought the Syrian, Mohamed Garida, to police, who detained him on charges of illegal entry. He told investigators that he fled to Israel because the Syrian authorities were after him.

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