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Jordanian Forces on Jordan’s East Bank Fought off in Ambush of Israeli Traffic

Jordanian forces located on the east bank of the Jordan River provided covering fire last night for a terrorist band attempting to ambush Israeli motor traffic on the road north from Jericho, parallel to and not far distant from the river.

The incident occurred about 5 P.M. when the Arab band, concealed on the east side of the road, opened fire on a military vehicle proceeding north from Jericho. Occupants of the vehicle returned the fire and gave the alarm by radio. Military forces, engaged in hot pursuit of the Arab assailants, found themselves under machine gun fire from across the river as the Jordanians sought to provide cover to permit the terrorists to escape. The Israeli unit returned the fire in a 20-minute exchange. There were no Israeli casualties.