NICOSIA (Jun. 7)
British guards tightened their security regulations today as the 24,000 Jewish detainees on Cyprus began a 24-hour hunger strike in protest against Britain’s ban on the immigration of “able-bodied men to Israel during the proposed four-weeks U.N. truce.
Demonstrations and mass prayer meetings were held in all cramps, following which the detainees returned to the huts from which they have not ventured out all day. Streets, schools, beaches and even the grounds which had been used as military drill fields were deserted. The Jews refused to permit Jewish Agency and Joint Distribution Committee representatives to enter the camps.