Fighting, Grenade Incidents Cause 21 Israeli Casualties over Weekend

Widespread fighting and grenade-throwing incidents caused 21 Israeli casualties over the week end, three of them fatal. More than a score of local Arabs were wounded by grenades in the Gaza Strip and Ramallah yesterday and an Arab saboteur was killed in a clash in the southern Golan Heights.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and six were wounded north of Jericho Saturday afternoon and another was killed in an exchange of fire near the Mandassa bridge on the Jordan River. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded by Jordanian artillery fire in the Beisan Valley Saturday night. Four members of Nahal Golan were wounded Saturday morning when their settlement came under mortar fire from Syria. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded by Egyptian gunfire along the Suez Canal Saturday.

Two Israeli soldiers were injured by grenades yesterday, one in the West Bank town of Ramallah and the other in Gaza. Twenty local Arabs were injured in the Ramallah attack and 17 were hurt in Gaza. Curfews were imposed on Ramallah and the neighboring village of El Birreh today and on Gaza and Rafah in the Gaza Strip as Israeli security forces moved to combat the rising wave of terrorist attacks. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan visited Ramallah today to discuss the situation with local military government officials.

A grenade was thrown in Gaza this morning at the car of the local military governor but caused no casualties. Security forces cordoned off the area and detained several dozen shopkeepers who witnessed the incident. Israeli sappers demolished two houses in Gaza which were the scene of yesterday’s grenade attack. Military authorities have decided to take over the Falastin High School in Gaza, the ###of teacher-led student disturbances. The school has been closed for a month.

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