JERUSALEM (Oct. 7)
British troops today killed one Arab and wounded two others in a clash near Hebron with a band of five rebels, bringing to an end several days of comparative quiet that had settled on the Holy Land after 25 weeks of unremitting guerilla warfare aimed against the Government and Jewish immigration.
Arab bullets seriously wounded Haifa’s famous assistant superintendent of police, Halim Basta Boulos Shams.
Uncomfirmed reports said that Said Bey el Aasi, Syrian agitator who had been dubbed “Public Enemy Number Two,” was killed in a clash between British troops and Arab rebels near Bethlehem. He had entered the country hoping to arouse Bedouin tribesmen against the government. (Fawzi Bey el Kawkaji, another Syrian, is regarded as “Public Enemy Number One” by the authorities.)
Arab snipers poured fire into the Neve Yakob district of Jerusalem. Attacks on Jewish-owned groves near Tel Mond and the Kadoorie Agricultural School at Mt. Tabor were repulsed. A Jerusalem-Jaffa freight train was fired on and rails were later damaged. The Iraq Petroleum Company’s pipeline at Ganigar was damaged and escaping oil ignited.
Several Arabs were arrested at Haifa, Petach Tikvah and Kubeibah for possession of arms and explosives.