Troops Occupy Villages in Punishment for Death of 4 Soldiers

Troops today occupied the northern frontier villages of Bassa and Zib as a punitive measure for the killing of two British soldiers and fatal wounding of two others yesterday in a land mine explosion. Three more soldiers were wounded this morning when a military railway trolley on which they were riding struck a land mine near Kalkillia and was demolished.

Three Jews were believed to be in the hands of kidnapers today after having been missing four days. They are Bechor Cohen, of Jerusalem, shimon Tchurki, a watchman at the Benyamina colony, and Shimon Mizrachi, of Hedera. Curfew from seven p.m. to five a.m. was declared in the old City quarter of Jerusalem.

United States Consul General George H. Wadsworth today visited the Jewish colony of Raanana, founded in 1922 by American Zionists, and spent an hour and a half discussing security and other problems with its leaders. The colony is a few miles northeast of Tel Aviv.

Four additional police stations have been established in the dangerous Tel Aviv-Jaffa border area. A total of 320 new Jewish supernumeries were sworn in last night at Tel Aviv.

M. Weinberg, salesman in a Tiberias automobile accessories shop, who was wounded in an Arab attack on Tuesday, died today at the moment that his wife was giving birth. An Arab municipal clerk in Tiberias was shot and slightly injured today in an attempted assassination for refusing terrorists’ demands that he resign. Two bystanders were injured, Rivka Abbadi, a Jewess, seriously and an Arab slightly.

Arab bands attacked police stations at Mishmar Hayarden, Rama and Niron. Reinforcements sent from Safed were heavily fired upon as they stopped to remove obstacles placed in the road.

Mayor Israel Rokach of Tel Aviv was empowered by the Municipal Council urgently to renew demands that the district Commission transfer all Jewish prisoners lodged in the jail of the neighboring Arab city of Jaffa to Tel Aviv, offering a building as a temporary jail. Tel Aviv, although its population is the largest in Palestine, has no jail.

Censorship on all cables and telegrams to newspapers and news agencies outside of Palestine was re-imposed by the authorities. Local newspapers are permitted to print only official communiques on the current disorders.

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