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Beisan Valley Settlements Again Are Targets of Mortar, Rocket Fire from Jordan

Mortar and rocket fire flared along the Israel-Jordan demarcation line last night and this morning for the first time since Israel’s air raid on Jordan-based Iraqi military concentrations a week ago. A military spokesman said Jordanians fired rockets at Kfar Ruppin in the Beisan Valley last night and later aimed mortar fire at Israeli positions near Umm Tutz and in the Neve Eitan sector. Israeli units returned the fire and silenced the Jordanian positions.

An Israeli border patrol was attacked near Gesher in the northern Beisan Valley this morning drawing return fire from Israeli forces including tanks. Settlers were forced to take shelter during the exchange. A military spokesman said no casualties were suffered in any of the incidents.

Israeli military sources had no comment today on claims from Amman yesterday that Israeli jets had attempted to raid the Jordanian town of Mafraq but were driven off by anti-aircraft fire.

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