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Israelis, Jordanians Exchange Fire As Terrorism Goes on Along Jordan River

Exchanges of fire erupted along the Jordan River yesterday afternoon and again this morning, while explosives planted by saboteurs wrecked a pumping station south of Kfar Ruppin in the Beisan valley last night, a military spokesman reported.

This morning’s incident occurred when Jordanians opened fire on an Israeli patrol that was dismantling an anti-vehicle mine discovered on an unpaved road just west of the Jordan River crossing at Umshurt. The Israeli forces returned the fire and continued to search the road, discovering another mine which they dismantled without incident. The exchange lasted for half an hour. No casualties were reported. The Jordanians opened fire on an Israeli patrol and were fired on in return in another half-hour exchange yesterday afternoon. Following the blast at the pumping station last night, the footprints of three men were found leading to the Jordan River bank.