Jerusalem (Feb. 28)
All male settlers in the Mizrachi colony of Birya were arrested today, following an attack on an Arab Legion camp by an unidentified band.
Police said that a trail of blood led to Birya from the camp, where a sentry exchanged shots with the attackers. It was also reported that troops found eight rifles and two machineguns and other arms abandoned a half-mile from the settlement.
Troops hunting for the wounded men also searched several government hospitals in the area, including a malaria research institute at Rosh Pina. The head of the institute, Lt. Col. Mer, protested the search.
Earlier, the police had issued a communique disclosing that in a search of a house in the Zichron Moshe quarter of Jerusalem, large quantity of arms was discovered, including machine guns, rifles, bombs, and ammunition and gun powder.
The extremist Irgun Zvai Leumi today plastered walls in the main streets of Jerusalem with posters reading: “We stand in silence in memory of Jonathan, who fell near Questina (scene of an attack on British aircraft on Tuesday). It was a big week: All three organizations worked with the fullest cooperation – the Haganah carried out attacks against police stations, while the Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern Group attacked the airfields.”