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American Water Expert in Israel Abducted by Syrian Troops

September 17, 1956
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An American water expert, Herbert Mark, was one of two civilians abducted by Syrian troops in the Lake Tiberias area yesterday, it was announced here today. United Nations truce officials, alerted by Israeli authorities, are negotiating the return of the two men.

An investigation established that the car in which they were travelling was fired on and halted on the Western bank of the Jordan River about 100 yards north of Lake Tiberias. The bullet riddled, burned out hulk of the automobile was found there.

United Nations officials today issued a report confirming a complaint by Jordan that 10 Jordanians were killed in an Israeli attack last Thursday evening on the desert headquarters of the Arab Legion at Gharandal. The report stated that the UN-observers visited Gharandal yesterday and established that the headquarters were reduced to a mass of rubble and that many Jordanian military vehicles had been destroyed. According to the UN report, cartridge casings on the scene bore Israeli markings.

(At the United Nations headquarters in New York, UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold called in the diplomatic representatives of Israel and Jordan this week end and handed them a “note verbal” pointing to “the serious consequences that might come about if the current chain of events was not brought to an end immediately by careful avoidance of all further acts of violence.”)

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