A Weekend of Violence – Arab Marauder, Gaza Residents Killed, Houses Blown Up

An Arab marauder was killed in a clash in the Golan Heights yesterday and an Israeli soldier was injured slightly today when his car struck a mine in the Jericho region near the Jordan River. A tool shed was blown up near the village of Zarit on the Lebanon border yesterday. The Heights encounter took place near the village of Kissfin where an Israeli patrol surprised a marauder in a Syrian Army uniform.

Three Gaza residents, one a boy, were killed by an Israeli Army patrol in Gaza today after the patrol was attacked with a hand grenade. Israeli soldiers ordered all persons to halt to be searched. Some ran and the patrol fired in the direction from which the grenade came. A search of the area yielded explosives.

Three West Bank houses belonging to members of a 17-man terrorist gang captured last week were demolished Friday by Army sappers. They were located in Hebron and a nearby village. The gang members admitted detonating charges near the Machpela cave – Patriarchs’ Tomb – in Hebron and other acts of sabotage, officials said.

Two El Fatah terrorists, one an Israeli Arab, received prison terms Friday in separate military court trials. Haled Habiballah, 17, was sentenced to four years, and Mahmoud Ben Muhammed El Heyk was given a 30-year term. The Israeli, resident of an Arab village near Nazareth, was caught at the Karameh base in Jordan during the Israeli blow at the base last spring. He confessed taking part in several sabotage attempts in Israel, all unsuccessful. The Jordanian was sentenced for sabotage of a pumping station near the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway.

Thirty young American volunteers, some non-Jewish, unanimously voted today to stay in the Golan Heights despite the loss of a right leg by Roberta Elizabeth Sherry Nov. 27 when she stepped on a mine while working on a banana plantation near Shaar Hagolan. One of their number, she is not Jewish. The group was given the choice of continuing their work at another kibbutz.

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