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Autopsy Establishes That Pilot Shot Down in Jordan Was Beaten to Death

Israel filed a formal complaint today with the International Red Cross against the murder of David Nevo, a fighter pilot shot down over Jordan during a clash November 21. His body, returned by Jordanian authorities only last Friday, showed evidence that he had been killed by blows from rocks and clubs. An autopsy was performed Friday in the presence of a Red Cross representative. It is believed that the pilot, whom Israelis had seen parachuting to the ground after his plane was hit, was attacked by Arab civilians.

The body was received by Israeli authorities with full military honors at the newly-repaired Allenby Bridge, near Jericho, and was brought to the late pilot’s home at Kibbutz Yifat in the central Jezreel Valley, where his family and friends paid their last respects. Nevo is survived by his wife and two children.