Jerusalem (Nov. 10)
The Ras el Ain railroad station, east of Tel Aviv, was destroyed today by time bombs placed in the waiting room by Jewish terrorists. The main station building and adjoining structures were blasted, cutting Ras el Ain off from the rest of the country. An Arab policeman was killed and three soldiers injured.
According to a police announcement three armed Jews entered the station with suitcases marked “Dangerous-Bombs.” They held off a signalman who challenged them and escaped in a truck before police and military units arrived. The damage is estimated to run into several thousand dollars.
A British police sergeant who was injured in the explosion of a booby trap in an abandoned house in Jerusalem yesterday died today, bringing the death toll in the blast to four. The explosion occurred when the police, who were lured to the house by an anonymous telephone caller who said that it was a terrorist hideous, pulled open the door which set off a bomb.
Yesterday’s explosion came immediately on the heels of an order by British commander Lieut. Gen. Sir Evelyn Barker that soldiers need no longer carry arms when off duty, or walk in pairs.
The Haganah radio, “Voice of Israel,” today attacked the British Government for blockading the coast of Palestine against Jewish refugees seeking to arrive by sea at the same time that thousands of Arabs enter the country illegally by land from Transjordan and other neighboring countries. It said that 30,000 Arabs were in the country illegally.
The Royal Air Force is moving its headquarters from Palestine to Cyprus at the end of this month, it was learned today. The Lydda airport, the principal one in Palestine, will then revert to a civilian status.