TEL AVIV (Jul. 17)
Thirteen El Fatah saboteurs were killed and one was captured in a clash with an Israeli Army patrol north of Jericho today in which one Israeli soldier was slightly wounded, a military spokesman announced.
Three Israeli soldiers were injured when an Army half-track hit a mine near the new settlement of Nahal Golan in the southeast Golan Heights. It was believed that the mine was planted by saboteurs who infiltrated from Jordanian territory. Another mine was found and dismantled at Tirat Zvi in the Beisan Valley.
The saboteurs killed near Jericho wore camouflaged uniforms and commando boots and carried large quantities of explosives. They were believed to have crossed over from Jordan. The captured man was said to have been their guide.
More than 25 Arabs have been arrested in the past few days on suspicion of sabotage and cooperation with terrorist groups. Three suspects were held for questioning in Gaza in connection with a rash of mining incidents in the Gaza Strip. Authorities in Hebron said that more than 10 arrests had been made there on suspicion of aiding terrorists.