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Jordanians Fire on Archaeologists; Two Killed, Sixteen Wounded

September 24, 1956
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Two persons were killed and sixteen others were wounded today when Jordanians suddenly opened fire on a party of civilians being conducted around archaeological excavations in the Ramath Rachel area. The party was made up of several hundred participants at Israel’s 12 national archaeological convention.

One of those killed was J. Pinkerfeld, an architect, who had delivered a paper at the morning session. The other was a woman, Mrs. Hava Ram. Among those who were under fire were three French Catholic priests who were at the convention.

The party was being conducted around unearthed remains of a Byzantine church when a rain of bullets poured into it. The lecturer leading the group at the moment was Prof. J. Sharoni of the Hebrew University. United Nations observers rushed to the scene and took testimony from the people who had been under fire.

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