Jerusalem (Oct. 24)
Despite the rigid curfew and strong military patrols, terrorists tonight blasted three military “check points” in the center of Jerusalem, one of them located only 200 yards from the heavily guarded “fortress area” where government and military headquarters are located.”
According to an official communique eight soldiers were slightly injured and some damage was done to buildings adjacent to the explosions. Heavily armed troops and police filled the streets before the smoke from the blasts had dispersed and sirens were sounded throughout the city. The few people who were in the streets, such as physicians, nurses, journalists and other persons holding curfew passes, were stepped and searched.
Reports from Tel Aviv said that sirens were also sounded there tonight following shooting in Sarena, on the outskirts of the city, Tel Aviv and Jaffa police were alerted.
The first bomb, which exploded here a few minutes after 7 P.M. was thrown from a rooftop at a military patrol that was enforcing the curfew. Two soldiers were slightly injured. The next explosion was caused by a benzine bomb and resulted in no casualties. The last blast was reported to have been caused by a land mine, but no details were immediately available.
A military court here today sentenced Eliezer Neuman, sexton of the Tel Aviv Great Synagogue, to a year’s imprisonment for “guilty knowledge” of a cache of arms found in the synagogue on July 31 during a four-day siege of the all-Jewish city. At the same time, another court imposed a four to eight year term on a British soldier, Archibald C. Francis, for having sold arms to civilians.
An official announcement this morning said that it was “necessary to use force” yesterday to disembark 200 of the 800-odd refugees who were deported to Cyprus after having been removed from the immigrant schooner Alma. The announcement said that “minor casualties” were inflicted.