Palestine Bans International Phone Calls As Violence Continues

As encounters between Government forces and Arab rebels continued, with Arabs suffering at least four killed, the authorities today suddenly prohibited all international telephone calls. The action, which follows imposition of strict censorship on all news of the rebellion published in the local press, was taken without notice.

Four Arab rebels were slain in engagements between bands and British troops and Jewish supernumeraries near Bassa, Nablus, Kfar Hakoresch and Beit Iba. Troops and Royal Air Force planes joined in pursuit of the bands.

The clash near Nablus followed seizure last night of an Arab taxi containing 35 new and four old french hand grenades, 97 detonators, 122 sticks of dynamite and 214 rounds of revolver ammunition. The Arab driver and an arab passenger were arrested.

The railway station at Wadi Arar was completely destroyed by fire set by rebels. Two Arab houses in the Nablus area were demolished by troops for harboring rebels. A band held up a messenger of the Arab National Bank in the center of Nablus and escaped with more than $1,000.

Curfew continued in effect in Jaffa, where a bomb explosion last Friday resulted in death of 32 Arabs, in Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and Ramleh.

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