Jewish Guards on Mt. Scopus Relieved; Replaced by Fresh Troops Under U.N. Protection
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Jewish Guards on Mt. Scopus Relieved; Replaced by Fresh Troops Under U.N. Protection

For the first time in about two months some 35 Jewish guards on duty on demilitarized Mt. Scopus were today relieved and replaced by fresh troops who arrived in a U.N. convoy. This follows the arrival of the first food and water supply convoy on the height earlier this week. Other guards who were not relieved today will probably be replaced tomorrow.

An air alert sounded here this afternoon when one Arab plane approached the city and dropped two bombs in the suburbs. No casualties nor damage resulted and the plane was driven off by Israeli anti-aircraft fire. An Israeli communique revealed that Egyptian artillery and machineguns were particularly active last night in the Ramath Rachel, Arnona and Mekor Haim sectors, south of the city.

The U.N. convoy which wended its way to the Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University grounds, which are now under U.N. control, consisted of two buses with 35 policemen, one truck with ten University and Hadassah workers and ten Hadassah women workers. The convoy was headed by Col. V. Millet, chief U.N. observer in Jerusalem, and was escorted by Arab vehicles at the head and rear of the convoy.

The passage through Arab territory was made with no trouble, except that four shots were fired at the convoy as it passed Arab Legion positions in the Sheikh Jarrach quarter. All missed. At the entrance to the Jewish lines, Jewish troops took over the escort duty from the Arabs. The same procedure was followed in returning the relieved personnel.

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