Tel Aviv (Nov. 18)
British soldiers and police ran riot in Tel Aviv last night, following the blasting of a military truck by a land mine which killed three policemen and an air force sergeant and injured five others.
The rioters roamed the main streets, assaulting passers-by, firing at random and looting Jewish shops. Several persons required first aid and three were hospitalized. Store windows were peppered with bullet holes.
The tension was heightened today when an officer was killed this morning and four other persons injured while trying to remove a mine placed on the rails near Ras el Ain. Later, a soldier was injured near Rehovoth when a mine derailed an armored train. Police, using dogs trained to pick up scents from fragments of mines, were searching nearby settlements and three men are reported to have been arrested.
Condemning the new outbreaks, the Haganah radio, “Voice of Israel,” said tonight that “every new crime widens the gap between the Yishuv and the terrorists and is a warning to the Yishuv to speed up liquidation of these gangs.”
Royal Air Force Marshal Lord Tedder, who was Gen. Eisenhower’s deputy at SHAEF, arrived at Lydda airport today for an inspection tour of RAF installations in Palestine.