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Unexploded bazookas found at site of Six Day War battle in Jerusalem

Police sappers safely remove pair of shells likely used by Jordanian forces during some of the fiercest fighting of 1967 conflict

A handout photo from police shows an unexploded bazooka round discovered at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. (Israel Police)
A handout photo from police shows an unexploded bazooka round discovered at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. (Israel Police)

Two unexploded bazookas were unearthed on Sunday at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, the location of a fierce battle between Israeli and Jordanian troops during the 1967 Six Day War.

The pair of shells, labeled as having been manufactured in December 1956, were found during infrastructure work at the site, police said.

Police officials said the rockets were likely used by the Jordanian Army during the fighting on June 6, 1967, the second day of the war.

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

“This is a moment when things come full circle,” a police spokesperson said. “The weaponry was found between Ammunition Hill and the then-police academy. Today, 54 years since the brave battle fought by Israel Defense Force soldiers, sappers from Israel Police returned to the site to handle the two bombs from that conflict.”

The police sappers transferred the bazookas to a designated area where they were destroyed in a controlled manner, police said.

A handout photo from police shows an unexploded Bazooka round discovered at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. (Israel Police)

The battle of Ammunition Hill, fought in the trenches, has long served as a symbol of Israeli heroism. 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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