Three Israeli Police Wounded in New Attack in Beisan Valley Area

Three Israeli border policemen were slightly injured when their patrol car came under mortar and machine gun fire from Jordanian positions this afternoon. It was the second attack within an hour near Neve Urr, in the Beisan valley, a military spokesman said. He reported that Israeli units returned the fire and the patrol was resumed after the injured men were taken to a hospital. According to the spokesman, the shooting was started by Arab marauders dug in around the ruins of Manshiyah village on the Jordan’s east bank. The village served as a gun emplacement for Jordanian regulars. It was heavily hit in yesterday’s artillery duel between Israeli and Jordanian forces.

Earlier, an Israeli border police armored car came under bazooka and machine gun fire in the Beisan valley region. The attackers were apparently irregulars whose retreat was covered by fire from regular Jordanian Army units, a military spokesman reported. He said that Israeli fire silenced both the attackers and the Jordanian regulars.

Schools re-opened today in Yardena and Beth Joseph, Beisan valley settlements that have been frequent targets of Jordanian artillery and small arms fire. The classes had been suspended because of lack of adequate shelters. But inspectors today said that the temporary shelters are safe for the time being until permanent shelters are built.

A curfew was imposed on Gaza today following an explosion in the main market place this morning which injured 14 local residents and Israeli Arabs. The explosive charge detonated under a truck owned by one of the Israeli Arabs who was injured. All were hospitalized. A military spokesman said an investigation is under way.

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