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Shell and gunfire continued today around Jerusalem’s northern, eastern and southern perimeters, while the U.N. truce control staff said that thus far it had received no instructions from its central supervision board at Haifa to arrange for the withdrawal of armed belligerents occupying the International Red Cross enclave in the southern part of Jerusalem.

No change has occurred today in the respective positions held by the Egyptian army, Transjordan Arab Legion and Israeli Army. Jewish military authorities indicated they would continue to keep troops in the Jewish girls’ training farm adjoining the Red Cross zone as long as the Egyptians remain in the vicinity or until they are officially informed that the Egyptian forces have withdrawn.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the Israeli Government has received no official notification of the reported agreement of the Egyptian Government to permit the passage of Jewish supply convoys through Egyptian lines to the Negev settlements. It was pointed out that several other arrangements, such as use of the same supply route by the Egyptians for periods of six or twelve hours each, had previously been agreed to by the Jews and the local Egyptian commanders and later repudiated by the Egyptian high command.

Two U.N. observers on the central front who were arrested by Arabs yesterday while en route to meet with observers on duty behind the Iraqi lines have been released unharmed, it was reported here today. A Jewish liaison officer, who was also in the party, was similarly returned to the Jewish lines uninjured. The Iraqi took the observers to Tulkarm where they were held and questioned for several hours before being released.

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