TEL AVIV (Mar. 14)
The death of a kibbutz member in a mine explosion and renewed mortar and machine-gun fire by Jordanian units across the cease-fire demarcation line were reported by a military spokesman today. The death occurred at Kibbutz Ashdod Yaacov, in the Beisan Valley when a platform towed by a tractor struck a newly planted anti-vehicle mine in a field less than a mile from the Jordan River. It was the kibbutz’s third fatality to result from the activities of Arab marauders. Three pairs of footprints were found near the scene leading back to the river.
The renewed firing, after one day of relative quiet along the demarcation line, began at 11:00 a.m., local time, in the vicinity of the Mandassa Bridge. Israeli forces are believed to have used artillery to silence the Jordanian guns as they did in the previous incident Tuesday in the same area.