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Jordanian Authorities Reject Israel’s Offer to Help Civil War Casualties

Jordanian authorities have turned down an Israeli offer to accept wounded Jordanian civilians for treatment in Israeli hospitals. The offer was made last week, at the height of the Jordanian civil war, by Health Minister Victor Shemtov and elaborate preparations were made to receive the wounded. According to reports from Amman, the International Red Cross set up a convoy of wounded to cross the Allenby bridge where the casualties would be transferred to Israeli ambulances. The hospital in nearby Jericho was prepared as a clearing center from which they would be distributed to hospitals all over Israel for treatment. Emergency cases were to have been treated on the spot. But at the last minute, the Jordanians withheld their approval and the convoy never left Amman. Only two wounded, an adult and a child, received permits in Amman and arrived on the West Bank at the appointed hour.