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West Bank Family Reunion Plan Resumes Without Red Cross Participation

February 21, 1968
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The family reunion plan to allow refugees who fled from the West Bank during the Six-Day War to return home was resumed yesterday for the first time in three weeks without supervision by the International Red Cross. Two Red Cross supervisors had been wounded during a clash on the Allenby Bridge between Israeli and Jordanian soldiers. Following the incident, the Red Cross announced that it would not resume supervision of the bridge crossings because safety of its personnel had not been assured by both sides. Israel then proceeded alone and contacted Jordanian authorities directly to arrange for resumption of the reunion plan.

Sixty persons crossed the bridge into Israel yesterday and regular crossings are expected to take place on Mondays and Thursdays as was done prior to the clash. Three truckloads of grain, the first officially sanctioned imports from Jordan into Israel-occupied territory, arrived on the West Bank yesterday. Israel has permitted merchants in Judaea and Samaria to import goods from Jordan subject to normal Israeli customs duties.

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