Arabs and 15 Jews Die, 100 Wounded in Palestine Battles; Curfew Imposed in Tiberias

Thirty-six Arabs were killed and 50 wounded and ##n Jews were killed and four injured today when Haganah men defending the settle-###t of Gath, in the Negev, broke through Arab siege lines which were established and the colony yesterday. Approximately 75 Arabs and 15 Jews died and more than were wounded during the week-end, one of the bloodiest of the entire war.

In Tiberias, adjoining Syria and Trans Jordan, a curfew was imposed yesterday ##er clashes in which seven Arabs and four Jews were slain in a number of clashes and additional ten persons were wounded. In the northern Arab village of el Husseinia, in which many attacks have been launched on Jewish traffic in the neighborhood by beign Arabs, the Jews yesterday blew up 12 houses and killed 20 Arabs.

The Haganah launched two major attacks on Arab positions in the Tel Aviv area–? on the Arab village of Abu Kebir leading to Jaffa and one on the village of Ein ##al, near Zichron Jacob. In the former, the Jews fought a five-hour battle, blowing many houses and causing a large number of casualties. In the latter, 20 Arabs fell casualties and the Jews blew up a road bridge near the town. Four Jews died vic##s of snipers on the Jaffa border line and four Arab houses were demolished in the ##shieh quarter of Jaffa.

In Jerusalem six Arabs were killed by Sternists cleaning out snipers in the ?tamon quarter while five Arabs were killed and ten Jewish children in an orphanage are wounded in a battle in the Jewish section of the Old City during which a section the wall dividing the Jewish area from the Arab was blasted. In a three-sided en##gement in the Old City, two British soldiers and one Jew were killed and at least ### Arabs wounded, Arab attacks on the Jerusalem suburbs of Ataroth and Mekor Halm are beaten off with minor casualties and Mizrachi leader Rabbi Judah L. Fishman narrowly escaped death when a car in which he was riding from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was tacked and a woman seated next to him was shot to death.Sporadic attacks in and around Haifa cost three Jews and two Arabs their lives and a road bridge between Haifa and the Arab stronghold of Jenin was blasted by the Jews. A dozen persons were injured during the past two days.

The Hebrew press today reported that a high ranking British officer has conferred with Arab chieftain Fawzi Kaukaji and offered him British aid in battling the Jews, including furnishing him with serial photographs of Jewish cities and settlements and information concerning Haganah positions.

The government yesterday announced that 28 Jewish detainees have been returned from exile but will remain incarcerated in Palestine “for the time being,” Three Jews women are reported to have escaped from the Athlit detention camp.

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