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Israel to Issue Special Identity Cards for Residents of Occupied Areas

Special identity cards will soon be issued to West Bank residents and other Israeli-administered territories, Deputy Minister of Interior Dr. I. Ben-Meir told Jenin notables today while touring the West Bank.

The new cards will be distinct from those of East Jerusalemites, whose identity cards are the same as all other Israelis, Mr. Ben-Meir noted.

A population census was carried out last year in Israeli-held areas. Families who took part in the census were given registration slips.

A bus service has been started between the West Bank and Amman, without benefit of franchise but also without interference from Israeli or Jordanian authorities. Some 7,000 West Bankers made the round trip last week for which the fare is one Jordanian dinar, the equivalent of $2.80. The Military Government of the West Bank is issuing one-trip permits to the busses on a day-to-day basis.

A new high school opened in East Jerusalem yesterday and two more, one for boys and one for girls, will open next week with a total enrollment of more than 1,000 students, it was announced here today. The military government is financing the operation of schools on the West Bank which have an enrollment of 110,000 pupils compared to 130,000 last year. Tuition is free.

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