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54 years later, body suspected to be Jordanian soldier found in Jerusalem

Corpse discovered during light rail construction work near Ammunition Hill, alongside a Jordanian Army helmet

Jordanian troops ready a recoilless anti-tank gun on a jeep, in Jerusalem, May 31, 1967. In the background is the Notre Dame De France Church and Hospital, left, inside the Israeli sector of Jerusalem.  (AP Photo)
Jordanian troops ready a recoilless anti-tank gun on a jeep, in Jerusalem, May 31, 1967. In the background is the Notre Dame De France Church and Hospital, left, inside the Israeli sector of Jerusalem. (AP Photo)

The body of a suspected Jordanian soldier was unearthed on Wednesday at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, the location of a fierce battle between Israeli and Jordanian troops during the 1967 Six Day War.

The body was found during construction work on the light rail system, Channel 12 reported Thursday.

Alongside the body, a knife, Jordanian Army helmet, military watch, and ring were found, the report said.

According to the network, police suspect the man was killed during the fighting there in June 1967.

Thirty-six Israeli soldiers and 71 Jordanian soldiers were killed in the Battle of Ammunition Hill.

The body is currently being examined by the police, the network said. The Foreign Ministry knows of the incident, but has not yet notified Jordanian counterparts, according to the report.

"הוא חיכה לנו 54 שנה!"התייצב בעמדה מצויד בכל הציוד הדרוש , נחוש לקדם את פני המלחמה , בידו רובה (אולי אף כוונת צלפים)…

Posted by ‎כתרי מעוז‎ on Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Authorities were reported to be searching the area for further clues to determine if the body is indeed that of a Jordanian soldier.

Earlier this month, two unexploded bazookas likely belonging to the Jordanian army were unearthed nearby.

The battle of Ammunition Hill, fought in the trenches, has long served as a symbol of Israeli heroism, and the Paratroopers’ Brigade still issues red berets there to its combat troops.

All 182 Israeli soldiers killed in the fighting for Jerusalem are memorialized at the site, which was under threat of being shut down due to lack of funds several years ago, but was spared at the eleventh hour.

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