Six Arab Terrorists Killed in Clash; Infiltrators Given Orders to Kidnap Jews

Six Arab terrorists were killed in a clash this morning when they were intercepted by an Israeli patrol in the Umm Shurt pass between the Allenby and Damiyah Bridges in the Jordan Valley.

The infiltrators were clad in light khaki army uniforms over civilian clothing. Among the arms they carried were six Russian-made Klatchnikoff assault rifles with 500 rounds of ammunition, four improvised bazookas, 13 hand grenades, 30 detonation charges, 30 demolition charges, detonation cords and firing devices.

An Arab terrorist told a military tribunal in Nablus today that a band of infiltrators of which he had been a member had been instructed to cross into Israel and kidnap and bring back at least one Jewish prisoner, male or female. His four-man band was intercepted by an Israeli patrol when it crossed the Jordan River near Umm Tzutz. Three of the men were killed in the ensuing fight. The fourth, Assam Douek, 20, who admitted being a member of the “Motherland Freedom Front,” was captured. He was sentenced today to eight years imprisonment.

An Israeli pickup truck today hit a land mine near Ein Yahav on the Arab road to Eilat south of the Dead Sea. Saboteurs active in the area were believed to have sowed mines along the road.

An Israeli army patrol, consisting of two armored cars, intercepted a band of saboteurs on the Araba road Sunday night and routed the infiltrators after an exchange of fire. One Israeli soldier was slightly wounded. The clash took place between Sodom and Eilat less than two miles from the Jordanian border. The ambushers were routed. Search later uncovered three anti-vehicle mines planted to prevent pursuit.

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