TEL AVIV (Jan. 3)
A jeep carrying civilians was fired upon along the Araba road, south of the Dead Sea, last night, but none of the occupants was hurt, a military spokesman reported today. The incident occurred near Ein Yahav where an Israeli soldier was killed yesterday afternoon in a clash with marauders from Jordan. Another soldier and a civilian member of the settlement were injured.
The clash and the latest shooting were the first recent incursions by armed bands from Jordan into the Negev, Israel’s southern region, which has been relatively quiet since the June war. Three pairs of footprints were discovered leading from the road where the jeep was fired on to the Jordanian border. Security sources said that Arab marauders seem to be shifting their attention to the sparsely settled Negev as a result of Israeli vigilance along the West Bank and the Beisan Valley, hitherto the scenes of most armed clashes and acts of sabotage.
Meanwhile, Arab leaders on the West Bank have sent a message to the Palestine Liberation Organization, protesting acts of terrorism against advocates of a “Palestine entity,” it was learned here tonight. The term refers to the idea of creation of an independent government in the occupied West Bank area, which would end any possibility of return of the area to Jordan.
The PLO radio denounced as “collaborators” two West Bank area leaders who were the targets during the past two weeks of assassination attempts. One was a Ramallah lawyer who was fired on by masked men. A bazooka shell was fired at the home of a Ramallah doctor last week, but he escaped injury.