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Israel to Hold Independence Day Military Parade in Jerusalem

A senior military official said at headquarters here today that the annual Independence Day parade will be held in Jerusalem on May 15 without tanks or air force display and that it would be the smallest parade in the history of these everts.

The official said that the parade would be staged within the limits of the Israeli-Jordanian armistice agreement which bans heavy armor in Jerusalem. The infantry column will instead be strengthened by the participation of several contingents of paratroopers, girl soldiers and police.

He said the parade would include 1,600 soldiers, 12 mortars, eight anti-tank guns and eight field pieces. Spectators will be compensated for the modesty of the military display with a night drummer exhibition in the Jerusalem University stadium on the eve of the parade.

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