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Arabs Attack Israel Passenger Train Between Haifa and Jerusalem

October 5, 1956
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A Haifa-Jerusalem passenger train was fired upon near Tulkarm last night by Jordanians with rifles and machine guns, an Israel spokesman announced. The only casualty was the engineer, who was wounded.

Israeli policemen aboard the train returned the fire, which came from across the border. The engineer put on steam and sped away. He remained at the throttle until the train pulled into Jerusalem, where he was relieved and hospitalized. The passengers lay on the floor of the train during the exchange.

A 25-year-old Arab, member of an Egyptian fedayeen (suicide) squad captured inside Israel last April, went on trial before a military tribunal today charged with a number of crimes punishable by death. Hassan Hassin admitted to being sent to Israel by the commander of the intelligence department of the Egyptian army in Gaza.

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