JERUSALEM (Oct. 31)
With 24-hour curfew in effect, British troops today surrounded the city of Jaffa and launched a clean-up drive similar to that which two weeks ago resulted in wresting of the Old city of jerusalem from control of arab rebel forces. Sixty Yemenite Jews living in the city’s outskirts, 20 of them women, refused offers of liberal pay to assist the troops in their activities.
Curfew was imposed following a spectacular fire which last night destroyed the largest Arab lumber yard in the harbor area, doing damage estimated at $100,000. Meanwhile, three battalions of british troops who have occupied Gaza since saturday continued their searches today, detaining nearly 200 arab suspects.
For the first time since the recent Old City battle, Jewish worshippers visited the Wailing Wall, finding a number of sections desecrated and prayer books burned. The Jewish National Council protested to the District Commissioner.
Morris Ford, Paramount Newsreel cameraman of London, returned from Jericho today reporting that he had been captured by arab rebels, tried by a rebel military court and released after he had pointed to the american trademark on his camera. Ford’s driver, a german jew, also was released, he said.