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One Israeli Killed, Another Wounded in Duel with El Fatah Gang

May 27, 1968
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One Israeli soldier was killed and another wounded in a close quarters grenade duel with an El Fatah gang on the West Bank north of Jericho yesterday morning. Three of the marauders were killed and three others, apparently wounded, were dragged back across the Jordan River by their comrades. The clash, in which an Israel patrol encountered at least 10 saboteurs, capped a weekend of artillery duels, mining incidents and sabotage attempts along the Israel-Jordan demarcation line. A military spokesman announced on Friday that six El Fatah guerrillas surrendered in the Nablus area after they encountered an Israeli Army patrol and were encircled by helicopters.

A tractor hit a mine at a Nahal settlement in the Golan Heights Friday and another mine found nearby was dismantled. No casualties were reported. An attempt to blow up the Israeli military government headquarters at Nablus was foiled when police discovered a small parcel of explosives near the building and detonated it. Three suspects were arrested. Israeli and Jordanian border forces exchanged fire several times over the weekend. No Israeli casualties were reported.

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