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Israeli, Jordanian Officers Confer over Repairs to Damiyah Bridge

Israeli and Jordanian Army officers met peacefully at the damaged Damiyah Bridge over the Jordan River today to discuss repairs to the span which was blasted last week during an exchange of mortar fire across the river. The meeting was requested by the Jordanians, through the International Red Cross, to get Israel’s approval of their plans for repairing the bridge. A Red Cross representative was present. The explosion that destroyed the Jordanian end of the bridge, one of two road links between Jordan and the West Bank, was originally attributed to terrorists. Amman claimed that it was hit by Israeli fire. They acknowledged today that the blast was touched off by a nervous Jordanian officer who feared that an Israeli attack across the bridge was imminent.