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Explosions Rock Ammo Plant Near Haifa; No Arson, Sabotage Reported

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Fire brigades aided by army helicopters battled a fire today in a large ammunition factory in Yokneam southeast of Haifa. Intermittent explosions rocked the plant but a police spokesman said there were no casualties and that an initial investigation showed no signs of arson or sabotage. An Israeli police spokesman said today’s fire was not the first that has broken out in the munitions plant owned by the Sultam Co., an affiliate of Histadrut’s Koor Industries.

(The Palestine News Agency in Damascus said today that saboteurs had destroyed an Israeli arms factory and the country’s largest plastics plant in two successful commando operations. The report claimed that an unknown number of Israelis were killed or wounded and that the commandos returned safely to their base. The news agency said the plastics plant was located in Carmail, southeast of Haifa.)

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