JERUSALEM (Sep. 4)
British troops were reported today to have killed twenty-two Arabs in the Nablus–Tulkarem district during mopping-up operations following yesterday’s bitter clash in which three soldiers and sixteen Arabs were slain, twenty soldiers wounded and three military planes were brought down by rebel bullets.
Arabs derailed a two-engine freight train near Kalkillia today, killing a British soldier and the engineer.
Two soldiers and two sailors in the train’s escort were seriously injured in the wreck. Two firemen also sustained serious injuries.
Similar wrecks have occurred at Kalkillia in the twenty weeks of the Arab disorders.
A punitive military expedition today visited Bala, scene of yesterday’s spectacular battle in which three British soldiers and 16 Arabs were killed, to continue the work of demolition of houses from which troops had been fired on.
An official communique said Arabs suffered nine casualties in an engagement this morning near Jenin. One Arab was killed as he tried to escape.
A preliminary conference of Arab guerilla leaders, held in the Nablus hills, decided to summon a Palestine-wide parley of band chieftains within the next few days, it was learned.
The leaders decided, meanwhile, not to accept the decisions of the Arab Supreme Committee on peace with the Government.
At the same time, Fauzi el Kaukadyi, resigned Iraq general who recently arrived in Palestine to organize the Arab rebellion, issued a proclamation urging Arab youths to “defend Palestine.” Posters carrying the proclamation appeared this morning in the streets of Nablus.
Arab marauders during the night uprooted about ten acres of trees at Ain-Vared.
Arabs cut off telephone communication linking the colonies of Beth Alpha, Nathania, Ramath Hakovesh and Haotzar. Safed, Beth Alpha and Haotzar were subjected to heavy sniping early this morning.