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Jordanians Fire at Israeli Border Police; Fatah Quit Village on East Bank

May 20, 1968
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An Israeli armored border police car was fired on from the Jordanian side of the demarcation line near Kfar Ruppin in the Beisan Valley this morning, a military spokesman reported. The fire was returned and the car continued on its patrol. There were no casualties, The incident was not considered serious inasmuch as Arab villagers were seen working their fields again today in an area in Jordan that they had previously evacuated. In general, military authorities believe that this section of the Israel-Jordan cease-fire line will be relatively quiet for the time being. Villagers began returning last week to Shuneh, a hamlet on the East Bank of the Jordan River facing the Beisan Valley, which the El Fatah took over several months ago as a base for operations against Israel. The El Fatah have since withdrawn and the villagers began to return to their homes and resumed cultivation of their fields. Last Friday night Israeli observers on the West Bank noted that Shuneh was illuminated for the first time in months.

(A Communist Party newspaper claim that Israel has designs on the territory of Lebanon was published in the Moscow Pravda, which accused Israel of attacking a Lebanese village last week after “a campaign of threats and intimidation” against the Beirut Government.

The allegation was contained in an article by Konstantin Vishnevetsky, quoted in the Review of the Soviet Press distributed at the United Nations by the Soviet Mission. According to the writer, “on a map of a ‘future Israel’ published by the Zionists as far back as 1919, the south of Lebanon was out off and included in the ‘Jewish state.’ Perhaps Tel Aviv has now decided that the time has come to carry out this aggressive plan.”)

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