JERUSALEM (Jan. 2)
Open warfare broke out the length and breadth of Palestine tonight as Jewish extremists attacked military installations in Jerusalem Tel Aviv, Haifa, Tiberias and other towns and settlements. First reports indicated that casualties might be heavy.
Jerusalem was shaken by a series of explosions, while Tel Aviv was the scene of a gun battle in the streets when military headquarters there was attacked by rifle fire and grenades. A land mine exploded in the center of Tel Aviv, while bombs were detonated in Haifa and Motza, which is a suburb of Jerusalem.
The quarters occupied by married army personnel were attacked in Jerusalem, while home-made flame-throwers were used against barracks in Tiberias and a heavy attack was launched against army installations at Kinyat Haim, near Haifa, and Hadera, between Tel Aviv and Haifa. Roads between Haifa and Tel Aviv were mined.
Citrus House in Tel Aviv, where army offices are located, was attacked by gunmen using automatics and several bombs wore exploded. The guards fired on the attackers and the subsequent exchange of shots could be heard throughout the center of the city. The streets were deserted as pedestrians scurried for shelter.
TROOPS RAID REHOVOTH AND TEL AVIV IN HUNT FOR FLOGGERS
Earlier today troops threw a cordon around the Yemenite quarter of Tel Aviv for the second time in two days and arrested 20 men after questioning several hundred, in a continuing search for the men who flogged a British officer and three sergeants.
Troops also occupied the Yemenite quarter of Rehovoth at dawn this morning and, after imposing a curfew, made detailed searches. Ten youths were detained. An official communique said that there were no incidents.
Further reports concerning the looting and wanton destruction by the troops who raided Petach Tikvah and Nathanya on Friday and Saturday were revealed today. A quantity of gold and silver ornaments were stolen from a synagogue in the first city, while in the other the ceremonial covers were removed from scrolls of the law and from tephilim, Prayerbooks and other religious objects were mutilated.
In Nathanya, a school which was used as headquarters for the commanders of the operation was badly damaged and JNF boxes in which the school children had been saving pennies were ripped from the walls and the contents stolen. Despite the damage, the caretaker was forced to sign a statement that the search was carried out fairly. Many cases of looting and money being stolen are also reported to have occurred during the raid in Tel Aviv yesterday.