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Two Foreign Students Held in Syria for Illegal Crossing from Israel

Two young foreign students who disappeared from their kibbutz near the Syrian border more than a week ago are being held by Syria for illegal crossing of the frontier, a United Nations observer reported today to the Syrian-Israeli Mixed Armistice Commission.

The students are Jeanette Archer, 19, of England, and Jules Hirschner, 21, of France, Members of their kibbutz, Shamir, reported them missing after they had started out on an afternoon walk in the direction of the adjacent Syrian border. They are believed to have wandered across the border without realizing they had gone outside Israel’s frontier.