Tempo of Border Incidents Rising; Another Arab Killed in Gaza Strip

An Israeli soldier was wounded this morning when a patrol clashed with a terrorist gang near Misgav Am in Upper Galilee close to the Lebanese border. An Arab man and two children were injured this morning when a grenade exploded at Beth Hanoun in the Gaza Strip. Police are investigating the fatal shooting inside a Gaza hospital of a man who had just been brought in for treatment for injuries suffered in a beating. A nurse and a hospital employe have been questioned. Police believe the murder may have been another in the series of interfactional slayings sweeping the Gaza Strip. Some of the cases have been attributed to the extortion of money for terrorist groups. Several dozen Arabs were detained for questioning in the Nablus area today following the discovery of arms caches in several villages. Ten persons from Birriya village near Tulkarem have been charged with setting up an underground cell to carry out a civil disobedience campaign.

Israeli settlements near the Gaza Strip have decided to restore their barbed wire fences because of increased incidents of infiltration and mine laying. The fences are intended to insure the safety of field workers. Security officials reported 21 border incidents last week, up from 11 the previous week. Six occurred on the Jordanian border, three each on the Lebanese and Syrian borders and nine in the Gaza Strip. The Suez front remained quiet except for two overflights by Egyptian aircraft last week compared with three the previous week. Egyptian soldiers were seen swimming and fishing on their side of the canal but the Egyptians were also continuing to work on their fortifications. The Egyptians continued to broadcast propaganda to Israeli troops over loudspeakers. They mentioned the names of two Israeli soldiers who they asserted had defected to Lebanon.

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