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Report Israel Planning to Use Guerrilla Tactics Against El Fatah Raiders

March 29, 1968
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Israeli leaders are considering a switch to guerrilla tactics against the El Fatah gangs operating from Jordan, The London Daily Telegraph reported in a dispatch from Tel Aviv today. The reason is the build-up of El Fatah strength and the repercussions caused by last Thursday’s full scale military operation against terrorist bases in Jordan for which Israel was condemned by the Security Council, the Telegraph said. However, while studies are under way in Israel to deal with sabotage by more flexible techniques, there is no basic change in policy and no weakening of resolve to defend the country’s security from saboteurs and terrorists, the newspaper asserted.

The Guardian reported from Irbid in North Jordan today that civilians are leaving their villages en masse, convinced that Israel is massing troops along the border for a new attack on Jordan. The paper quoted Ismail Tahbob, area secretary of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA), who said that 50,000 people left the northern Jordan Valley in the past two months.

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