Arabs Continue Attacks on Jewish Positions; Capture Hills; Fire Upon U.N. Observers
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Arabs Continue Attacks on Jewish Positions; Capture Hills; Fire Upon U.N. Observers

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Arabs today continued to attack Jewish positions, especially in the Latrun area and on the southern front, it was officially reported Jan Israeli military spokesman.

The Arabs are continuing their attacks on the Jewish positions in order to prove their own, in flagrant violation of the truce,” the spokesman said. He revealed that the Arabs captured several hills, and that they fired at United Nation observers.

During one of the attacks in the south, Egyptian military units prevented N. observers from reaching a spot where their presence was requested by Israeli military authorities. In authoritative circles here it is believed that some of the Arab military commanders are seeking to provoke large-scale clashes with the Israeli troops prior to the opening of the U.N. General Assembly in Paris a week from now.

In Jerusalem, an official Israeli communique stated, Egyptian artillery brined Arab legion heavy batteries in an indiscriminate shelling of Jerusalem’s Jewish “quarters last night. The Egyptians concentrated on Katamon, Kiryath Shmuel, ##d Rehavia, “while the Arab Legion shelled Beth Israel and Bukharia as well as the western and southern suburbs facing the Old City, Israeli batteries answered the ##re. Ten persons, including one Israeli soldier, were killed and twelve were rounded by the Arab fire.


U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte today ordered the Israeli Government to restore three Arab townships destroyed during an alleged truce violation and readmit come 8,000 Arabs who fled the towns. The villages Ein Ghazal, Ijzim and Jaba — will lie south of Haifa athwart the Haifa-Tel Aviv main highway.

The villages-were brought under Israeli attack on July 18, at the beginning the second truce, Bernadotte said. He insisted that the attack and the destruction could not be excused by the avowed desire to make the Haifa-Tel Aviv highway safe because fighting between villagers and Israelis occurred before months the Arabs, in these towns had sniped at and ambushed Jewish traffic along the coastal road.

Ordering the Israelis to rebuild the homes of the 8,000 Arabs whom U.N. investigators found living in refugee camps in the Jenin area, Bernadotte said: “I am strongly of the opinion that the measures taken involving the systematic both of the spirit and letter of the terms of the truce.” The Security Council was informed of the mediator’s findings and action.

A report emanating from British sources in Haifa that the Mosul-Haifa pipeline has been damaged was denied today by the Israeli press. The newspaper also darned their readers against taking British reports at face value.

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