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Syria and Jordan Reported Concentrating Forces on Israel Borders

Increasing nervousness among Syrian and Jordanian troops on Israel’s borders was reported today by Israeli officials. Syrian soldiers have fired sporadically throughout the day for a third day on Israeli farm equipment and on passersby near the border. No casualties have been reported.

Police in Jerusalem erected barriers in the vicinity of the demarcation line with Jordan-held Jerusalem to prevent curious Israelis from approaching the border and exposing themselves to possible fire from trigger-happy Jordanian army troops.

The Israeli press, citing foreign sources, published reports today that both Syria and Jordan were concentrating large forces along the Israeli borders following Israel’s Sunday reprisal raid against Jordan. Jordan reportedly sent armored units to the Hebron area as well as additional infantry units.

The press reported also that Syria has received more Soviet-made MIG jet fighters from Egypt and that Soviet experts were assisting in the installation of anti-aircraft missile bases around Damascus and in the border area.

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