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Report: Israelis Shot From Jordan

October 15, 2000

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Gunmen in Jordan shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers across the border, a government official said Sunday.

``A search is underway to apprehend the perpetrators,″ the official said, insisting on anonymity.

Shootings across the Jordanian-Israeli border are extremely rare.

An Israeli Embassy source said the shots slightly wounded two Israeli border guards on Moshav Btzael, a Jewish cooperative farm north of the West Bank city of Jericho, at about 5 p.m. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to speak about the source of the gunfire.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli military said two soldiers had been lightly wounded ``from gunshots fired from the Jordanian border″ while the soldiers were on a patrol. ``The soldiers responded by firing back in the direction of the shots,″ the military said.

Israeli radio said the wounded soldiers belonged to a religious unit of the army.

The Jordanian government official said the shots were fired across the Jordan River, which forms the border, from a spot about 4 miles north of Jericho.

The area was a closed military zone before Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994. Before then Palestinian guerrillas had occasionally used it to infiltrate into Israel and the West Bank. Today the zone is used by Jordanians hunting wild pigs.

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