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British Troops Extend Searches in Palestine; Enter Three Towns in New Operation

British troops swooped down today on three towns outside the area of military control in an extension of their six-day searches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and its environs. Heavy troop concentrations, assisted by planes overhead, entering Hadera, Rehovoth and Nathanya at dawn, found arms caches in two of the towns and arrested 21 persons.

In Hadera two flame throwers were found as well as magazines for Stan guns and a small mine. Three persons were detained for further questioning. In Nathanya, where 244 persons were screened and ten arrested, two mines were discovered in a cellar. No arms were found in Rehovoth, but eight persons were held. A British report said that one “topgrade terrorist” had been captured in the operation which was finished tonight. The searches were preceded by a curfew in Nathanya and the Shaarim quarter of Rehovoth.

A party of extremists attacked a police station at Rishon LeZion, near Tel Aviv, tonight. At the same time, a military jeep was brought under fire by the raiders who were driven off. There were no casualties and no arrests. On the Tel Aviv-Haifa road a military staff car was blown up by two landmines and a soldier and an officer were injured.

SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED IN “SEALED AREA” OF JERUSALEM

Following a meeting between representatives of the Jerusalem Community Council and Gen. Davis, commander of the “sealed area” of Jerusalem, it was disclosed that schools and kindergarten’s would not be reopened for the present.

The Jewish delegation raised the question of widespread unemployment within the controlled areas, pointing out that thousands of workers could not leave to work in shops and industries outside the area, while workers from outside could not gain entrance to places of employment inside. The Jews asserted that the problem was becoming too acute for the welfare organizations to handle. They demanded that special permits be granted persons who had to enter and leave the area in order to earn a living.

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