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Disorders Checked, Colonial Office Announces

Disorders on a large scale now appear to have been checked in Palestine, and unless conditions be changed by circumstances not at present foreseen, the grave situation of the previous five days may be regarded as under control, was the statement of the British Colonial Office issued Thursday night.

As to the general situation Wednesday, during the day and night, quiet prevailed practically throughout Palestine. The presence of troops produced a steadying effect on the rioters, the statement declares.

About mid-day, August 27, an excited crowd of Moslems assembled in the Haram area, Jerusalem, and demanded arms from the Grand Mufti. The immediate menace was avoided by the officer administering the government receiving a deputation of Moslems and giving them a formal assurance that the government has not armed the Jews. As a consequence of this assurance, the situation in Jerusalem on the morning of August 28 was much easier, the Colonial Office reports.

The statement further gave a total of casualties up to August 28, including those previously reported. According to its figures there were:

Killed: 96 Jews, 52 Moslems, 4 Christians.

Wounded: 151 Jews, 103 Moslems, 9 Christians.

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