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2 Arab Saboteurs Killed, 1 Wounded and Captured, in Clash in Jordan Valley

Two Arab saboteurs were killed and a third was wounded and captured in an encounter with an Israeli Army patrol in the Jordan Valley near Umm Tutz last night. There were no Israeli casualties. But an Israeli soldier was injured slightly when Jordanians shelled Israeli positions in the northern Beisan Valley near Ashdod Yaacov, a military spokesman reported. Sporadic exchanges of small arms and mortar fire continued through the night along the cease-fire demarcation line.

Lt. Gen. Chaim Bar-Lev, Chief of Staff of Israel’s armed forces, visited two Beisan Valley settlements today and advised the settlers to build “deeper and stronger” shelters. The villages, Kfar Ruppin and Beisan, have been frequent targets of Jordanian artillery shelling and rocket attacks by the 130mm. Czech-made “Katyusha” rocket launcher. Gen. Bar-Lev said the Army was using old and new methods to fight sabotage and terrorist activities. He warned the settlers to be ready for sudden bombardments.