93 Jews Killed in Palestine Up to Tuesday, According to Colonial Office Figures
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93 Jews Killed in Palestine Up to Tuesday, According to Colonial Office Figures

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Up to Tuesday morning, August 27, 93 Jews were killed in various cities and colonies in Palestine, according to an official statement issued by the Colonial Office Tuesday night. Several hours before a statement was issued listing 83 Jews killed up to Monday morning.

The Colonial Office figures issued as of Tuesday morning are:

Killed: Moslems, 46; Christians 4; Jews, 93.

Hospital cases: Moslems, 73; Christians, 12; Jews, 153.

Wounded out-patients: Moslems, 45; Christians, 27; Jews, 116.

“The situation is reported well in hand. All is quiet in Jerusalem and Jaffa. The country is still unsettled and continuous organized attacks are being carried out by Arabs on numerous scattered Jewish communities,” according to the statement issued by the British Colonil office Tuesday evening. “No attempts have so far been made at interfering with essential services.

“The following reinforcements have arrived in Palestine or are on the way from Egypt and Malta:

“The steamers Sussex, Barham, Courageous, Veteran, Wanderer;

“The Second Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment;

“The Second Battalion, Green Howard’s;

“The First Battalion, South Wales Borderers;

“One company, First Battalion, King’s Regiment;

“One squadron of armored cars of the Twelfth Lancers;

“Detachments of the Royal Engineers, Signals and the Royal Army Service Corps;

“One squadron of the Royal Air Force.

“Two infantry battalions at Malta received orders to hold themselves ready if required.

“Regarding the recent report that British troops at the railway at Haifa were attacked by Arabs and disarmed, no official report has been received.

“The Acting High Commissioner reports yesterday (Monday) that on Sunday a demonstration took place at Jaffa and trouble arose there after midday when the mob attempted to enter Tel Aviv. The police fired, causing casualties the extent of which is not yet known. Later the mob attacked the district office, assaulted some Moslem notables, but an armored car, firing overhead, dispersed them. Troops arrived at 2 P. M., when an attack on Tel Aviv was impending. At the sight of the troops, the crowd dispersed.

“After that, except isolated assaults, the situation became and remained quiet. Impending attacks at the Hadar Ha’Carmel quarter of Haifa were prevented by the arrival of British troops Monday morning. Later news from Haifa indicates, however, that the disorder there is not yet in hand. Throughout the night of the twenty-fifth, reports were received of threatened attacks on the Jewish colonies. The situation in that regard was known by the following morning, but measures were taken by the military authorities in conjunction with the air force and the native police.

“In the Old City of Jerusalem, following the quiet of the twenty-fifth, attacks are reported, in one of which a bomb was thrown into a Jewish quarter.

“In Transjordania the general situation is not free from anxiety, following the receipt by the tribes of news of Friday’s events, but so far no disturbances were reported.

“Mr. Luke points out that it was difficult in the circumstances to give more than an indication from time to time of the principal events of the immediately preceding three days.

“Attacks, threats of attack and assaults occurred and continued throughout the country and some events occurred simultaneously in different place. The outlying Jewish suburbs of Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa have been subjected to attacks and assault.

“The Jewish quarter of Hebron was the scene of a particularly determined attack, particulars of which have already been published. The Jewihs colonies from the south of Jaffa to the south of Haifa were subjected to threats of attack.

“The Jews evacuated some colonies. The Arabs were looting and destroying property in them. The Jewish colonies in the valleys of Esdraelon and Jezreel have been under threats of attack, and actual assaults took place. In Gaza the Jews suffered some loss of life and injuries. Mr. Luke states that the prompt response to the request for naval and military assistance enables the government to maintain control. The officers of the district administration have rendered invaluable services in the very responsible situation and the special constables were indispensible. The local press is still suspended, but it could probably not function anyway.

“The Government commenced to issue a series of news bulletins. No censorship is imposed on outward telegrams, but in a few cases press telegrams were held up not exceeding 48 hours.

“The total casualties reported up to the 26th were:

“Jerusalem and Hebron – Killed: Moslems, 23; Christians, 3; Jews, 78; Wounded in-patients: Moslems, 25; Christians, 2; Jews 102; wounded out-patients: Moslems, 35; Christians, 17; Jews, 63.

“Nablus-Wounded: Moslems, 10.

“Jaffa-Killed: Moslems, 10; Jews, 4; wounded in-patients: Moslems, 18; Jews, 15; wounded out-patients: number not yet reported.

“Beisan-Wounded: Jews, 21.

“Haifa-Killed: 1 Jew; wounded: Jews, 50,”

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