The latest official casualty figures issued in Jordan say that 46 civilians were killed and 55 injured in Thursday's fierce battle with Israeli forces.
Damaged villages; bodies; Telhouny seeing damage; people searching rubble.
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Background: The latest official casualty figures issued in Jordan say that 46 civilians were killed and 55 injured in Thursday's fierce battle with Israeli forces.
Yesterday (Friday) the Prime Minister of Jordan, Mr Bahjat Telhouny, toured the villages in the Governorate of Irbid, the area worst hit during the artillery duel across the frontier. It was here, in the north of the Jordan Valley, that all the civilian casualties occurred.
Mr Telhouny saw the remains of homes, and the bodies of some of the victims of the fighting still unburied. Villagers were searching through the rubble, trying to find people missing since the engagement.
The fighting started when an Israeli patrol clashed with a band of Arab infiltrators inside Israeli territory. There followed hours of intense firing, with both sides using tanks and artillery across the frontier. Finally the Israeli air force went into action, blasting fortified positions in Jordan.