U.N. Observer Makes New Attempt to Establish “truce Within a Truce” in Jerusalem
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U.N. Observer Makes New Attempt to Establish “truce Within a Truce” in Jerusalem

The new chief U.N. observer in Jerusalem, Col. M. Millet, was today attempting to establish a new “truce within a truce” throughout the city, following an agreement by the Arab Legion and the Egyptian and Israeli commanders to cease firing while he inspected all positions in and around the city.

At the end of that period Cal. Millet asked all three forces to continue the truce indefinitely. The two Arab commanders refused to give any assurances pending receipt of orders from their higher headquarters. The Arabs have also refused to attend a parley which Col. Millet is attempting to arrange with them and the Jewish commander.

An air raid alarm was sounded early this morning for the fourth successive day. The all-clear sounded fifteen minutes later. An Israeli communique revealed that one Jewish soldier was killed an Mt. Zion last night when Arab guns raked Jewish positions. One soldier was wounded during a night attack on Jewish positions near the Jaffa Gate to the Old City.


Israeli army officials in Jerusalem today rejected a proposal made by the Consular Truce Commission to create a “third neutral zone” in the city which would include the French and American consulates and the Y.M.C.A. and King David Hotel buildings.

An Israeli communique in Jerusalem noted that the first such proposal was made on Aug. 30 when U.N. officials complained that shooting emanated from that area. Jewish authorities, however, pointed out at that time that the Arabs were responsible for the shooting since there were no Jewish troops there. Israeli military commander for the Jerusalem area Col. Moshe Dayan termed the proposal unacceptable to the Israeli Army.

The Jerusalem District Court trying two British subjects on charges of espionage last night acquitted William George Hawkins who was freed immediately. The verdict in Frederick Sylvester’s case will be announced Oct. 8.

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