Jews and Arabs Open Fierce Battle for Control of Haifa After British Forces Withdraw

Jews and Arabs opened a fierce battle for the control of Haifa today following the almost complete evacuation of British forces from the city. The British are reportedly holding the port and oil refinery areas, ? well as a narrow stip of corridor from military headquarters on Mt. Camel to Haifa port. No details were immediately available on the fighting, which terse distiches described as “bitter.”

The International Red Cross committee in Palestine announced today it will establish soon a “neutral zone” in Jerusalem accommodating 15,000 Jewish and Arab ##men and children. The zone will be located in the area stretching from the King ##vid Hotel to the Franciscan building Terra Sancta, it was disclosed.

The committee also revealed that it was negotiating with neighboring Arab states in an effort to have them agree to adhere to the Geneva convention on warfare. Earlier, it was revealed in Geneva that the Jewish Agency and the Arab Higher Committee had agreed in writing to abide by the Geneva rules of war.)

Reports from northern Palestine said a strong Haganah detachment has launched ## attack against the Nebi Yousha police station, which was recently transferred by British police officials to the Arabs, Early dispatches said a fierce battle was ##ging, with heavy losses on both sides. The police station is a strategic point in the Galilee sector, overlooking the main highway from Lebanon to Palestine.

An Arab band attacked a group of Jewish workers at Ramat Hakovesh, Just outside the Arab Tulkarm-Nablu-Jenin triangle in central Palestine. Four Jews and ###ve Arabs were killed.

Commenting on the ex-Mufti’s arrival in Amman today to confer with King Abdullah, a Jewish Agency Transjordan capital had recently welcome the most important center of Arab activity and added that there axe increasing ?igns that Abdullah, despite his utterances of good will towards the Jews, is preparing the take a decisive role in the Palestine struggle through the intervention ##f his crack Arab Legion.

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