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3 Arab Saboteurs Killed, 3 Israelis Wounded in Gun Battle on Mount Hermon

Three Arab saboteurs were killed and three Israeli soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a brief but fierce gun battle on the slopes of Mount Hermon in the northern Golan Heights today. A military spokesman reported that the seriously injured man was out of danger. Three Israeli soldiers were slightly injured today when an Army halftrack hit a mine north of Port Tewfik in the Suez Canal area. The vehicle was damaged.

Jordanian forces opened fire twice today on Israeli forces near the Allenby Bridge. The fire was returned and there were no Israeli casualties, a military spokesman said. Israeli forces were also attacked in the southern Golan Heights today but suffered no casualties. Last night, Jordanians fired on Israeli forces near the Damiya Bridge, drawing Israeli return fire. There were no casualties.

A prominent West Bank Arab who was formerly a member of the Jordanian Parliament pleaded not guilty before a military court yesterday to charges of espionage and contacts with the enemy. Moustafa Ahmed Abou Becker, of Jenin, has been brought to trial for allegedly handing over and planning to hand over information of military and security nature to the Iraqi Embassy in Amman. According to the prosecution, Becker gave Iraqi diplomats names of West Bank Arabs who “collaborate” with Israel and information on Israeli military encampments and installations. Becker was also accused of collecting information on Israeli mobilization procedures.

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