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Aden Jews Seized in Police Raid During Tisha B’av Services

Police accompanied by a number of Arab settlement clerks raided the Jewish quarter early on the morning of the Jewish fast-day of Tisha B’AV on July 25 and arrested a number of Yemenite Jews worshiping in a temporary synagogue, it was learned today. The arrests were stated to be part of a general hunt for vagrants with a view to deportation, but it was ascertained that most of the Jews taken into custody had jobs and many of them had been living in Aden for years. Some were awaiting permits to immigrate to Palestine.The Jews were released after protests by the Jewish Community Council to the Police Commissioner, who promised to investigate the matter.