Five Terrorists Killed in Clashes; 9 Hebron Residents Injured by Grenade

Five Arab terrorists. all members of the same gang, were killed last night and today in two clashes, officials have reported. Three were killed in an encounter with an Israel army patrol in the Raffah section of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli unit suffered no casualties. The clash occurred as Israeli units were conducting a search in pursuit of guerrillas. Hand grenades and other weapons were found near the bodies. (At the United Nations in New York, Lebanon protested to the Security Council today Israel’s action yesterday in moving troops into southern Lebanon in pursuit of terrorists. But Lebanon did not request a Council meeting on the matter.) The two slain today clashed with an Israeli unit in the Kseima area of Sinai south of Raffah. Officials said many acts of sabotage had been attributed to the gang which was active in the southern area for almost two years.

Officials added that the gang was responsible for the mine explosion two years ago in which the Raffah military governor, Lt. Col. Abraham Sachs was killed, and the death of an Israeli police pathologist who perished when his jeep hit a mine planted by the gang in the southern Negev area. A hand grenade thrown at noon today at a tourist bus in Hebron missed the bus and exploded near a group of Hebron residents, injuring ten of them. Nine were released after treatment and one was hospitalized. Two of the bus occupants suffered slight abrasions and continued their scheduled tour. Security sources said that the renewal of terrorism had been expected. They said that while the guerrillas had been severely mauled by King Hussein’s army, there was a possibility of individuals or small groups reorganizing for such limited acts as grenade throwing, which happened this week in both Jerusalem and Hebron.

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