London (Apr. 30)
A total of 14,434 visaless Jews are now interned in camps on Cyprus, Colonial Secretary Arthur Creech-Jones announced today in Commons.
Creech-Jones also revealed that there were 1,840 visaless immigrants being held in Palestinian camps and that 1,375 are awaiting their release under the regular monthly quotas. Three hundred and forty six of them are women and children who were shipwrecked on the Dodecanese island of Sirina, while the remaining 119 are hospitalized.
The Cyprus camps were originally constructed to house a maximum of 10,000 persons, he said, adding that the government plans to expand the facilities to house the additional expected immigrants. He stated that the Palestine Government will bear the cost of construction and maintenance of the installations.
He estimated the damages caused by the most recent fire on the Haifa oil docks, set off by Sternist bombs, amounted to $1,600,000. When an M.P. suggested the imposition of a collective fine on the Jewish community to reimburse the oil campanies for their losses, the Colonial Secretary said the entire problem was under consideration.