JERUSALEM (Aug. 23)
Arab bands 3,000 strong in the Acre subdistrict have been welded into one group, it was learned today, and Arab politicians are feverishly working for a country-wide unification of terrorists in preparation for an uprising which is expected to start simultaneously in the Acre and Hebron subdistricts.
This information came as disorders continued in various parts of the country. An armored car was heavily fired upon near Beisan. British police returned the fire, killing four of the attacking band. The police were again attacked as they tried to pick up the corpses, and a detachment of the Transjordan Frontier Force was brought up as reinforcement, which repulsed the band.
Captain P.R. Oakley of the Royal Scots Regiment was killed when a military truck hit a land mine near Tulkarem at midnight. An Arab constable was killed when a freight train bound from Lydda met a barricade eight miles from Jerusalem and was fired upon by an Arab band which forced the crew to alight and then started the train backwards down a hill. The train was automatically stopped by its brakes after running two miles and was not damaged.
Major Laurence Harrington, commander of the newly-formed Rural Mounted Police, has begun organizing 34 patrols of 32 men each, of whom 272 are Jews, with headquarters in Ramleh, to patrol villages and colonies in order to remedy the unpoliced condition of the hinterland resulting from the concentration of police in cities during recent disorders. A band abducted two Arab policemen in broad daylight in the center of Nablus. Troops closed the Old City quarter of Tiberias and searched all male Arabs, arresting 40.