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State Department Detains 29 Americans Sailing on Vessel Which Will Call at Haifa

State Department special agents today boarded the Marine Carp and prevented 29 of its passengers from sailing on the vessel which is bound for a number of Mediterranean ports, including Haifa. The 29, men and women between 18 and 46, were bound for Haifa, Alexandria or Beirut.

In Washington a State Department spokesman asserted that the screening of the Marine Carp’s 200 passengers and detention of the 29 was part of an attempt to maintain the terms of the U.N. truce in Palestine. Asserting that investigation had disclosed that some of the passengers were traveling on visas valid for Brazil but not for Palestine, he added that man of military age en route to Palestine or persons with invalid visas would be hold.