JERUSALEM (Feb. 26)
Some 30 Arabs were killed and a like number wound-today when a force of 300 Arabs attempted to storm Mt, Scopus and overwhelm the Jewish defenders of the Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University.
Opening their attack at dawn, the raiders scaled the heights under cover of rough terrain and with Arab mortar shells flying overhead. The Haganah permitted Arab riflemen to approach within close range before they opened fire. Within a ?rt time the Arabs were in full retreat down the slope.
After several more attempts the Arabs fell back on their base in a village in ##rby Wedi Joz valley. The Haganah pursued them and in the village surrounded and ###sted several houses in which the leaders of the band had gathered. This operation ##sed considerable casualties among the Arabs, British troops entered the battle Mt. Scopus in its latter phases.
BRITISH PLANE FIRES ON JEWS; IRGUN AND HAGANAH CLASH IN TEL AVIV
The Irgun and the Haganah clashed in Tel Aviv last night when members of the former group solicited funds publicly for their war chest. The Irgun also accused the Haganah of having disarmed the British. A repetition of such behavior will result in the Irgunists opening fire, the underground threatened.
In Haifa, where the British spend considerable time searching for arms in Jewish ?oses, another Jew was found murdered in a Moslem cemetery. Another Jew, a driver of a city truck, was kidnapped at gunpoint by a small band of Arabs and has not yet been heard from.
A government spokesman today issued a new denial that British forces were responsible for last Sunday’s explosion in Jerusalem which killed some 50 Jews. He asserted that Jewish Agency charges that British security forces were involved in the ##ncident injured the Jewish cause because they engendered anti-British sentiment. He ##abelled the Jewish charges “premature,” and foundationless and purely circumstantial,” adding that the fact that the perpetrators were uniforms had little meaning because for the last two years many terrorists had used British uniforms as a disguise. He concluded by pledging that the government would pursue the inquiry into the explosion with the greatest energy.Two hundred yards of water between Jewish settlements in the Nagev were ##lasted last night at a point near the Immara Police station.