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

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

Two unexploded bazookas were unearthed on Sunday on Jerusalem’s munitions hill, the site of a fierce battle between Israeli and Jordanian troops during the Six Day War of 1967.

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

Police officials said the rockets were likely used by the Jordanian military in 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 time when the circle is complete,” a police spokesperson said. “The weaponry was found between Ammunition Hill and the then police academy. Today, 54 years after the courageous battle waged by Israel Defense Forces soldiers, Israel Police sappers have returned to the site to handle the two bombs of this conflict.

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

A police photo shows an unexploded Bazooka cartridge found on Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on August 1, 2021. (Israel Police)

The battle of Amunition Hill, fought in the trenches, has long been a symbol of Israeli heroism. The parachute brigade still issues red berets to its combat troops.

The 182 Israeli soldiers killed in the fighting for Jerusalem are commemorated at the site which was threatened with closure due to lack of funds several years ago but was spared at the last minute.

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