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British Planes Sight Two Blockade Runners off Palestine; Third Ship Approaching Coast

RAF planes were tonight reported to have sighted two blockade runners apprcaching the Palestine coast. The ships are believed to be the Paducah and the Northlands which yesterday morning were seen passing through the Dardanelles to the Mediterranean and were sighted off Cyprus last night.

In addition, a third ship is rumored to be nearing Palestine, bringing the total number of refugees expected to attempt to land within the next 24 hours to over 4,500. The last craft is described as a sister ship of the In Spite of All, which arrived here last week.

It was learned here that the British authorities are prepared to deport the refugees to Cyprus in the event that the countries in which they embarked refuse to accept them. (The Foreign Office yesterday admitted that conversations were being held with the Bulgarian and Rumanian Governments on the return of the Jews, most of whom are from the two Balkan countries.)