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Israeli Army Unit Pursues Saboteurs into Jordan, Killing Five, Capturing Two

August 7, 1968
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An Israeli Army unit, aided by helicopter-borne troops and a Piper Cub spotter plane, penetrated Jordanian territory early today and engaged in a pitched battle with a gang of Arab saboteurs who had Just shelled a clinic at Kibbutz Ein Yahav, south of the Dead Sea. Five saboteurs were killed and two were wounded and captured along with a cache of arms, ammunition and supplies, a military spokesman said. Two apparently escaped. No Israeli casualties were reported. A two-hour machine gun and mortar duel between Israeli and Jordanian forces which began early today was resumed this afternoon in the southern Golan Heights, near the Junction of the Israeli, Syrian and Jordanian borders.

The captured guerrillas, who were later hospitalized at Beersheba, guided Israeli troops to a spot in Ein Yahav where two mines had been planted to cover their retreat. The mines, a very large type known as Mark Seven, were dismantled. The hospitalized saboteurs admitted that they were members of a group responsible for sabotage in the Araba region.

An 11-year-old Petach Tikva girl who was fatally injured, apparently by a bomb planted by terrorists in the Gaza market place last Saturday, was buried here yesterday. The funeral of Caroline Cohen was attended by hundreds of relatives and friends. Her parents, Meir and Naomi Cohen, were still hospitalized with burns they suffered when the gasoline tank of their jeep mysteriously exploded. The Cohens, on a shopping trip, had parked their jeep and were standing near it when the explosion occurred. They were rushed to a hospital where the child died of burns. The explosion was classified as of undetermined cause, but police imposed a curfew on Gaza, which was lifted yesterday. A search yielded parcels of military equipment in a house near the scene of the blast.

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