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U.N. Hoists White Flag over Disputed Area in Palestine; Arabs Fire at U.S. Observers

A white flag was hoisted today by U.N. observers over a disputed area near Kfar Saba where continued shooting has teen” going on for two days. The observers, arriving today on the spot which is north-east of Petach Tikvah, declared the disputed area as a “no-man’s land.”

A jeep-load of American observers attached to the United Nations truce commission was fired on early today near Latrun, according to a statement by Alexis Laddas, of the U.N. Secretariat. He one was injured, he reported. The shots came from the Latrun police station, which, he pointed cut, is in Arab hands. The jeep in which the Americans were driving was part of a convoy en route front Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Laddas also told correspondents that he had Just received a report from Jewish engineers who examined the Latrun water-pumping station, dynamited by the Arabs on August 12, stating that the ruined equipment was beyond repair, Gen, A.A. Lundstrom, chief of staff to Count Folks Bernadotte, has cabled the mediator’s headquarters on the island of Rhodes recommending that a Jewish engineer fly to Britain or the United States to obtain new machinery.

An Israeli Foreign Office spokesman denied an Arab radio report today that Government House in Jerusalem had been occupied by the Israelis. He said the building remains in the hands of the Arabs, who received it from the International Red Cross. The Israeli spoke smart charged that the Arabs brought armed men into the building, fortified it and, despite the fact that it is a Red Cross enclave, have been using it as an operations base against Jewish positions.

Foreign Minister Moshe Shertok today cabled a complaint to Count Bernadotte in Stockholm that the Arab Legion in Jerusalem, contrary to the current understanding, has not evacuated their “no-man’s land” positions which its units occupied during the truce. In listing the Arab violations of the truce in Jerusalem, Shertok included the death this week of Zeev Herzog, Israeli Army liaison officer who was fatally rounded while escorting the U.S. Consul-General through the “no-man’s land.”

In a letter to U.N. representative John Reedman, the Israeli Foreign Office yesterday listed 20 Arab breaches of the truce in Jerusalem which occurred August 8-10.

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