Troops Battle Arabs As Disorders Enter 11th Week
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Troops Battle Arabs As Disorders Enter 11th Week

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Police and military forces, attacked near Hebron, fought a protracted battle with Arabs today as disorders against the Government and the Jews entered their eleventh week. Casualties totals were no ascertained. Rebels also fired on the Hebron barracks.

Police and troops from Transjordan repulsed an attack on the Jewish settlement at Kfar Ezekiel.

An Arab was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment today for possessing a rifle.

The Arab daily, El Jamia al Islamic, was suspended for ten days.

A new railway station was opened at Kfar Hayarden, between Haifa and Samakh, to serve the Jewish colonies of Dagania, kinereth and surrounding settlements.

District Commissioner Foote attempted to persuade Arabs in northern Palestine to abandon the general strike. He told them they had never gained by violence.

The Arab Supreme Committee, in a statement today, rejected as illogical the assurances given by William Ormsby-Gore, British Colonial Secretary, that the Arab people’s future was safe in Palestine. It denied assertions that the Moslem Supreme Council was not striking.

Complaining that the Colonial Secretary’s declaration revealed no Government policy except that of sending a Royal Commission of inquiry, the Arab committee held this proposal disappointing because the Government had disregarded the findings of previous commissions and the Arabs did not trust in further promises.

The statement protested against the Balfour Jewish homeland declaration and demanded a change in present policy to grant Arab national rights.


Two Arabs were killed and at least six wounded in encounters with British troops yesterday.

One Arab was slain and three, including a woman, wounded in an attempted ambush of a military patrol at Azzun in northern Palestine. Snipers fired on a plane circling over the same village. The pilot returned the fire, wounding several.

Another Arab was killed and one wounded at Kalkillia during a search by troops for munitions. Four Arabs who tried to break through a cordon thrown around the town were arrested. Three were found with ammunition in their possession.

Curfew was to be imposed, starting today, over an area extending 500 meters from the center of the permanent right-of-way of all railways with the exception of the Afuleh-Beisan line. The curfew, in effect from seven p.m. until four-thirty a.m., does not apply to municipal areas unless otherwise specified.

Twenty-six Arabs were arrested for violating new curfew regulations in Lydda. One Arab was wounded for breaking curfew along the Jaffa-Lydda railway.

Snipers fired at the Jerusalem-Lydda train near Dir-el-Shcikh.

Railroad tracks near Majdal were damaged by explosion of two bombs. A bridge between Hebron and Beersheba was also damaged by bombs.

Two Arabs were arrested for strewing nails on Haifa streets. Another was seized with a bomb in his possession.

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