Photo Credit: Hillel Meier / TPS

Note: This developing story was written with TPS, the Tazpit Press Service.

In the Bell Outpost at Ramat Rachel, there are human remains from decades ago — in fact, more than half a century ago — according to ZAKA personnel who were called to the site.

Bones, uniforms and helmets were found in the dig at Ramat Rachel
Bones, uniforms and helmets were found in the dig at Ramat Rachel
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The Bell Outpost was Jordanian, situated at the western edge of the Arab village of Sur Baher about 800 meters from Kibbutz Ramat Rachel.

The outpost controlled the area south of Jerusalem from the War of Independence in 1948 until the Six Day War in 1967. It was during that war the Jerusalem Brigade fought a fierce battle to capture the site from the Jordanian Legionnaires, and thus remove that threat from Jerusalem.

At the moment of battle, six Israeli warriors fell; Jordanian dead reached 85.
At the moment of battle, six Israeli warriors fell; Jordanian dead rose far above.

At the moment of battle, six Israeli warriors fell. The number of Jordanian dead rose to 85.

At the site of the battle were found the remains of the trenches, along with 35 bunkers and caves. These were surrounded by mine fields which took a great deal of painstaking work to clear.

It was painstaking work to clear the minefields surrounding the site of the battle
It was painstaking work to clear the minefields surrounding the site of the battle

At this point, the identity of those who were found is not known, but the evidence in the field indicates a connection to the story of the establishment of the State of Israel, and the liberation of Jerusalem. The bones and other human remains have been transferred to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for analysis and identification.

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