TEL AVIV (Jul. 29)
The Arab truce violations in the Negev are developing into an all-out attack by the Egyptians against Israeli positions, it was reported here today. The Jews are said to be preparing to take strong action against the Egyptians. One report said that several Jews have already been killed.
Meanwhile, an attempt by the Israelis to get the first supply convoy through to Jerusalem from here via the main highway failed today when the Jewish trucks, ac-companied by U.N. truce observers, were stopped at Latrun by Arab legion armored cars, The U.N. observers said they could not take any responsibility for the safe passage of the vehicles and the Jews turned back and used the Burma Road” which they built during the fighting.
In Jerusalem the Jewish population was promised today a “fairly normal water supply within seven or ten days.” Experimental pumpings are now proceeding along the water pipeline from the coastal areas in the north. At present the daily allotment for the city’s 100,000 Jewish inhabitants is one gallon per person. No piped water has been available in Jerusalem since the week before the British withdrew from the city last May.
Ahmed Abuleben, Jaffa town councillor who signed the Arab surrender of that city to the Israelis, was arrested today, together with two other members of the Jaffa Arab Emergency Committee, after a quantity of arms were-found by police in the commit-tee offices. The trio are under house arrest.
The confiscated arms include 1,000 pounds of British rifle ammunition, several hand grenades, Molotov cocktails, road mines and a quantity of revolver ammunition. Several similar arms caches have been found by Israeli authorities since the Jaffa capitulation.
A total of 25,000 Jewish immigrants were admitted to Israel during the nine weeks since the Jewish state was proclaimed, an Immigration Ministry announcement revealed today,A dispatch from Cyprus said that 11 U.S. planes which have been standing by in Nicosia for the past month to evacuate American citizens from Palestine have returned to their bases in Germany.