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Jew Killed, 5 Wounded in New Arab Attacks

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A Jewish youth was killed, two Jewish laborers seriously wounded and three others slightly injured today when Arabs ambushed a bus en route to Jerusalem from the Palestine Quarries at Motza.

The rebels waylaid the bus midway between Motza and Arza and riddled it with more than 1,000 bullets from both sides of the road. An army plane arrived on the scene fifteen minutes after the attack and saw the band fleeing to Ein Kerem. Troops pursued the Arabs.

The Jewish Red Cross arrived to take care of the injured. All were removed to the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. The quarries are owned by the Industrial and Financial Corp. of Palestine.

The latest victim of twelve weeks of Arab disorders was Yosef Katz, 16, son of a laborer at the Dead Sea. The injured are: Yacob Israil-off and Yosef Pesach, 27, seriously, and Arieh Zalkind, 34, a Yemenite Jew; David Alchazi, 52, and Shlomo Frank, 33.

Government forces intensified their drive against Arab terrorists. Curfew was imposed on roads in the Samaria district, including the trouble-centers of Nablus and Jenin. Military patrols, war tanks, airplanes, armored cars and police details spread dragnets over the hills and roads near Nablus, Jenin and Beisan.

The authorities sentenced three Nablus Arabs to seven years’ imprisonment for possessing arms and arrested seven others on various other charges.

Police arrested two Arabs found carrying rifles and ammunition near Derdebawan. Five others were seized for attempting to damage a telephone pole.

Outbursts of shooting occurred during the night and early this morning in outlying quarters of Jerusalem. Shots were fired on Rehavia, the Jewish residential quarter, from nearby Wadi.

Police and military patrols exchanged shots with snipers on the Latrun-Ramallah road. Troops arrested three Arabs between Migdal and Lydda for possession of rifles. Shots were fired into the Jewish settlement of Beit Wegan.

Police were investigating the death of an Arab, whose body was found near the Hatikvah quarter of Jerusalem. An official communique said an eye-witness had stated the assailant was dressed in European-style clothing.

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