TEL AVIV (Jul. 18)
Six Jews were killed and at least 20 wounded yesterday when Tel Aviv was subjected to six Egyptian air raids, it was officially announced. A direct hit on the Strauss Medical Center–which was clearly marked with a Red Cross–accounted for several casualties, an Israeli communique said. One Egyptian Dakota was shot down by Jewish anti-aircraft fire.
Israeli aircraft dropped several bombs on Damascus yesterday morning while other Jewish planes attacked Syrian troop concentrations in northern Palestine towards dusk. (A report from Cairo said heavy anti-aircraft fire was heard last night during a one-hour alert in the Egyptian capital. An alert was also sounded in Alexandria.)
In last-minute operations before the U.N, truce order went into effect, Israeli aircraft bombed the strategic Arab town of Tulkarm, easternmost point of the “Arab triangle.” Dispatches from Nazareth, which Israeli seized on Friday, reported that all Arab inhabitants of the ancient town are surrendering their arms to the victorious Jews. The town has already returned to normal life and newsmen interviewing civilians said that “they seemed not unhappy” at the turn of events.
The five Britons abducted last week by the Irgun Zvai Leumi on charges of “intelligence with the enemy” were handed over today to the security section of the Defense Army of Israel, it was announced over the week-end. It is expected that they will stand trial shortly, although it is not known whether they will be tried in Tel Aviv.