Syrian Army Units Patrol Palestine Border Following Attack on Jewish Settlement

Motorized contingents of the Syrian Army today patrolled the Syrian-Palestinian border following an attack yesterday by Arab villagers in Syria on Jewish settlers in the Hashomer Hatzair cooperative settlement of Lehavoth, situated on the Palestine-Syrian frontier. The Arab villagers fired on the Jewish settlers when the latter began ploughing land which had been awarded them after a lengthy legal dispute. There were no casualties.

The land in question was returned to the Jews yesterday, marking the end of a six-year dispute between Lehavoth and neighboring Arab villages, which also claimed the plot. After intervention by the Palestine Government, which entered into lengthy negotiations with Syrian authorities, an agreement was reached awarding the land to the Jews.

Two “Molotov cocktails” tonight blasted a hole in the roof of a workshop behind the Italian Hospital here, which houses the R.A.F. officers mess. There were no casualties as the building was deserted. Two other home made bombs were found nearby by police. Sirens were sounded after the blast, and the all-clear was given an hour later, after police had searched the area, which is near the Meah Shearin quarter, chiefly populated by Orthodox Jews.

The Haganah tonight posted placards charging troops with having beaten refugees who arrived on the Yehuda Halevi last week-end, despite the fact that the passengers offered no resistance. Meanwhile, police are still hunting for a youth who escaped with a constable’s tommygun last night, after a brief clash in Tel Aviv between a patrol consisting of British-Jewish policemen and youths who were pasting up underground leaflets.

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