British Troops Extend Operations in Palestine; Raid More Jewish Settlements

British troops in Palestine extended their raiding activities at dawn today by cutting off and entering two Jewish settlements in search of arms. The villages, Doroth and Rukhama, are in the Gaza district of southern Palestine.

A British report said that the search at Doroth uncovered one three-inch mortar, one mine detector, one telegraph key and several military training manuals. During the day one man attempted to break through the cordon established around the settlement. Troops combing the area from which he came, discovered a home-made transmitter.

The only detail of the search at Rukhama released by the authorities was that they had found a box of expended ammunition. Correspondents of the local and foreign press were not permitted to witness the operation. It is expected that the occupation will continue through tomorrow.

It was officially announced that police and troops today carried out an extensive search of the Bukharian Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. No arms were found but three persons were arrested.

A Jewish Agency spokesman today told the press that the continuous searching of agricultural settlements is causing serious losses in the most important branch of the country’s economy. He estimated that the searching of 25 settlements on June 29 resulted in a loss of $120,000, with the colony of Yagar suffering most heavily.

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