Israel Returns Recently Discovered Remains of Jordanian Soldiers From 1967

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A roadblock at an exit point from Sur Baher in East Jerusalem.
A roadblock at an exit point from Sur Baher in East Jerusalem.Credit: Lior Mizrahi

The remains of three Jordanian soldiers were repatriated to the kingdom in a military ceremony on Wednesday, about a month after they were discovered in East Jerusalem.

Sources in the Foreign Ministry noted that the remains were uncovered in the course of work carried out by the city in Sur Baher, the site of a Jordanian military post during the 1967 Six-Day War. Clothing and other artifacts found nearby indicated that the remains were of Jordanian soldiers.

After that fact was established, Foreign Ministry officials notified their counterparts in Amman and the transfer of the bodies was coordinated.

Jordan’s army chief of staff took part in Wednesday’s ceremony. Senior Foreign Ministry officials commended the cooperation with Jordan and said that as soon as the remains were discovered, Israel acted to guarantee a burial with honor in Jordan.

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