Jerusalem Suffers Worst Shelling on Even of Cease-fire, Jews Repulse Arab Assault

On the eve of the expected cease-fire in the Arab-Jewish war, Jerusalem today suffered what was described in a Jewish Army communique? as “the worst shelling” from Arab artillery which has been pounding the Jewish sections of the city for 27 consecutive days.

The communique reported that Arab Legion armored vehicles attempting to break through Jewish positions in the Musrara quarter in Jerusalem were driven off end suffered heavy casualties when the Jews launched a fierce counter-attach. The Israeli troops seized several important strategic positions from the routed Arab Legionnaire and now occupy the area stretching from the Notre Dame Monastery stretching to the Mash Shearim police station.

Tel Aviv was attacked by high-flying enemy aircraft this morning, Haganah reported, adding that bombs were dropped indiscriminately and landed in residential areas. Last night, Israeli planes bombed Arab artillery positions, including a radar station near Kfar Biddu and Nebi Samuel, from which Jerusalem has been under almost continuous fire. Several direct hits on the Arabs’ guns were scored, the communique said.

Arab planes also bombed several Jewish settlements in the Upper Galilee eraly today, while Ramat Hakovesh was shelled by enemy artillery. Hours before the Israeli Government and the Arab states handed their replies to Count Bernadotte’s cease-fire proposal, Egyptian aircraft, in a hit-and-run maneuver, raided Tel Aviv, loosing several missiles.

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