JERUSALEM (Feb. 18)
Severe fighting between Jew and Arabs took place today in Jerusalem, Haifa and Safad, in a number of settlements in the Sharon district and in Lower Galilee. All Arab attacks were repulsed by the Jewish defense force.
About 12 Arabs were killed and more then 30 injured when a bomb exploded in the market-place at Ramleh, about ten miles from Jerusalem. Arab sources claimed that the bomb was concealed in a basket of vegetables which was placed inside an Arab’s cart by “a Jew dressed as an Arab.”
As a result of the repeated Arab-Jewish clashes in the border area between Jaffa and Tel Aviv, the British military commander of the area today declared the some under curfew “until further notice.”
The attacks in Jerusalem took place around the Beth Israel quarter, where two Jews were seriously wounded, and at Ramat Rachel. The Arabs also renewed their attacks today on Jewish traffic proceeding from the Hadassah medical center to the Hebrew University. An electrically-detonated mine exploded under a Jewish ambulance, censing no casualties. One Jewish passenger was killed by Arab gunfire while travelling in a Hadassah bus.
Arabs today opened fire on the Old City where Jewish defense forces last night blew up a building menacing the entire Jewish quarter. The Arabs were beaten off with the aid of British troops, and two Arabs were killed and two wounded in the engagement. Five Arabs were killed by British troops after Arab attackers wounded four soldiers.
MANY KILLED AND WOUNDED IN ALL-DAY SHOOTING IN HAIFA
In Haifa shooting continued practically throughout the entire day, resulting in a number of Jews and Arabs tilled and wounded. An attack on a Jewish building near Achusa Carmel was repulsed by the Haganah. The Arab Legion participated in attacks on Jewish houses for the third day.
Arab bands operating in Lower Galilee attacked the Ein Hanatsiv settlement, near Tirat Zvi. They also attempted to attack Tirat Zvi again but were beaten off by patrolling British troops. An Arab attack on Rosh Pinah resulted in the destruction of a Jewish house by a bomb, but there were no casualties.
In Safed, the Jewish section of the city was subjected to Arab automatic fire, while a bus carrying Jewish passengers was set afire. Arabs also attacked the ## Zeitinm settlement but were repulsed, with no casualties reported. In the Sharon, ##itish troops noticed large Arab armed forces moving toward Fetach Tikvah. An attack on the Jewish settlement or another in the vicinity is therefore expected tonight.
Unite of the British Navy and the R.A.F. are on the lookout for a visaless ### carrying Jewish immigrants which is reportedly headed far Palestine.