Israeli forces tonight (Wednesday) are reported to occupy all of the Old City of Jerusalem after savage fighting with Jordanian forces lasting nearly two days.
Israeli troops advancing into Jerusalem.
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Background: Israeli forces tonight (Wednesday) are reported to occupy all of the Old City of Jerusalem after savage fighting with Jordanian forces lasting nearly two days.
The battle for the city has been one of the most fierce of the conflict, and many people are homeless. Bread is the only food available.
The battle was marked by heavy exchange of mortar fire, and large number of the principal buildings in the city were severely damaged.
Israeli officials say that in the battle 500 civilians were wounded and at least fifteen people killed. Damage to the Israeli sector of the city has been estimated at more than GBP1-million Sterling.
The Israeli's encountered heavy opposition from Jordanian mortars in the Israeli districts of Ramat Rachel and Mount Zion, and in taking the Jordanian area of Sheikh Jarrach.
Israeli officers said they were surprised at the quick withdrawal of the Jordanian forces during the push. They regarded the Jordanian forces as the best of all the Arab forces.
The Mandelbaum Gate, the frontier between Israeli and Jordanian Jerusalem, is now occupied by Israeli troops, and for the first time in 19 years Israel's Jews have been able to worship at the Wailing Wall - inside the Jordanian sector.