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  • Israel Jet Fighters Drive off Egyptian Mig’s Near Beersheba

    Four Egyptian MIG-17 planes flew over southern Israel today and were forced back across the border by Israel fighter planes. Military spokesmen reported that the Egyptian planes flew over an area south of Beersheba at 20,000 to 30,000 feet. There was no indication whether any air battle developed before the Egyptian planes were forced back. More ▸

  • First Water De-salting Plant Enters Operation at Beersheba

    The first pilot plant for saline water research in Israel, financed by a 200,000-pound grant from the United States was opened yesterday afternoon at the Arid Zone Institute in Beersheba. The plant produces fresh water from underground brackish water by an electrical process. More ▸

  • 500, 000 Crowd Tel Aviv Streets in Purim Carnival; 10, 000 in Beersheba

    All of Israel celebrated Purim today and, as usual, the most joyous celebration took place in this Israeli metropolis. Last night, the Weather Bureau had, at first, promised rain for today. However, by morning, the skies cleared, and heavy traffic from all over Israel crowded all roads leading to Tel Aviv. Half a million persons… More ▸

  • Huge Reservoir of Natural Gas Discovered in Negev Near Beersheba

    A reservoir of natural gas believed to be the largest in the Middle East has been discovered in the Negev, about 20 miles from Beersheba, according to an announcement today by the Naphta Oil Company. The company brought in natural gas from one well recently, and has now struck a second pocket, about two miles… More ▸

  • Israeli Fighter Planes Intercept Four Egyptian Mig’s Near Beersheba

    A patrol of Israeli jet fighters today intercepted four Egyptian MIGs over Israel territory only 20 miles from Beersheba and promptly engaged them. Two of the Egyptian planes turned tail and fled as soon as they spied the Israeli Mysteres, an Israel Army spokesman revealed tonight. The other two made a fight for it but… More ▸

  • Ben Gurion Opens Elath-beersheba Highway; Road Cuts Through Desert

    Premier David Ben Gurion today cut a ribbon and formally opened the new 155-mile Elath-Beersheba highway over which trucks will soon be carrying cargo from the southern Israeli port to the capital of the Negev and then, by railroad, to all parts of the country. The ceremony took place about 35 to 40 miles north… More ▸

  • Unemployment Rising in Beersheba Area; Work Project Planned

    Unemployment in Southern Israel, particularly in the Beersheba area, has jumped following completion of a major part of a project designed to lower costs of transportation of fuel from the area to the Haifa refineries. Several hundred workers were discharged. Work on another part of the project, scheduled to speed fuel transportation from Ashdot Yam… More ▸

  • Heavy Rains Form “lake” in Negev; Wash out Bridges Near Beersheba

    A number of Israeli settlements in the Negev were cut off last night as a heavy, half-hour long thunderburst overflowed normally dry wadies and washed out bridges in the Beersheba vicinity. The nearly one inch of rainfall, extremely unusual in itself, created a huge “lake” west of Beersheba. Meteorologists see the possibility of further rains. More ▸

  • Elath-beersheba Oil Pipeline Opened; Oil Moved to Haifa Refinery

    The first crude oil to come to Israel via Elath was flowing through the first Israel-built pipeline today to Beersheba, where it was loaded into auto and oil tankers for the Haifa refinery. The oil arrived last night, while workers checking the pipeline found no leaks anywhere. The flow of oil into provisional reservoirs took… More ▸