TEL AVIV (Jul. 13)
At least 14 persons were killed and 35 wounded when Egyptian bombers, in one of the heaviest raids of the Palestine war, today raided Tel Aviv’s business center.
At the same time, three Egyptian aircraft dropped several bombs on Haifa for the first time since the Arab-Israeli war began, but did little damage. An official announcement reported that in both the Tel Aviv and Haifa raids the Egyptians used Douglas Dc-3’s. Many patients in the Danzyger Clinic in Tel Aviv were seriously injured when enemy aircraft scored a direct hit on the hospital.
Israeli communiques reported that Israeli troops in th6 field were continuing to score new victories. Unofficial reports here stated that Palmach commandos have seized the strategic Arab village of Ras el Ain, at which is located the water supply japing station for Jerusalem. It was officially announced that 100 Arabs who had been holding out in a fortified police station in Lydda since Sunday, when the town was overrun by Israeli units, surrendered today to the Jewish commander in the area.
An official announcement late today said that” Egyptian positions between Negba and Gulis, in the southern desert, were being attacked by the Israelis, Scores of troops have been killed, while hundreds fled in a wild stampede, leaving behind many weapons, the communique added, Arab assaults on Jewish-held Negba have been repulsed despite air raids and heavy artillery fire.
Other reports said today that the Jewish settlement, Gvaram, in the Negev, was shelled today for six hours, while scattered engagements took place at Zara, Bugosh and Deir Tarif, where Jewish advance units are operating. Fighting was also reported near Khan Yunis, on the Egyptian border.