TEL AVIV (May. 18)
Israeli forces intercepted and killed three terrorists who tried to infiltrate Israeli territory from Jordan last night. A military spokesman said the terrorists came from a base in Syria. He said that contact was made shortly before midnight north of the Adam Bridge across the Jordan River.
The infiltrators were detected by an Israeli patrol and killed in a brief exchange of gunfire. Three Kalachnikov assault rifles, a silencer and other equipment were found on the bodies. There were no Israeli casualties. The encounter was the first in seven months with terrorists using Jordan as a corridor to enter Israel. The last such incident occurred south of the Dead Sea.
Meanwhile, new tension gripped East Jerusalem this afternoon as funeral services were held for 21-year-old Mahmoud Kurd who was fatally wounded by Israeli security forces this morning when disturbances erupted inside the Old City walls. The funeral turned into an Arab protest march. Border police fired two tear gas cannisters to disperse a crowd of milling youngsters.
According to a police spokesman. Kurd was hit when a police patrol fired warning shots after being pelted with stones in an Old City alley. He was rushed to a hospital where he died.
HEAVY SECURITY ON WEST BANK
Heavy security measures remained in force on the West Bank and East Jerusalem following widespread disturbances that began last Friday. Curfews were in effect in Nablus, Jenin, Belta and other towns in the Samaria region. Re-enforced units patrolled the Old City of Jerusalem following several stone-throwing incidents by Arab youths and a partial strike by merchants. No new incidents were reported on the West Bank or East Jerusalem today.
BOMBING VICTIM DIES
Funeral services were held on the Mount of Olives yesterday for Mrs. Clara Genis, 32, who died Sunday of injuries she received when a terrorist bomb exploded in downtown Jerusalem on May 3, the eve of Memorial Day. Mrs. Genis, an immigrant from Colombia, was the only fatality among the 33 persons hurt in the blast. She was the mother of a three-week-old daughter.