Ship Carrying 500 Jewish Refugees Sends Distress Signal; Greek Vessel Rushes to Rescue

A ship believed to be carrying about 500 Jewish refugees to Israel today sent distress signals from a distance reportedly 60 miles south of Antikythera, on the Peloponnesus coast. A Greek vessel, which set out to take the ship in tow, reported that rough seas prevented it from reaching the stricken vessel. The ship on route to Israel is sailing under a Panamanian flag.

The evacuation of Jewish children from districts of Greece in which battles between government troops and soldiers of Gen. Markos’ army are taking place will shortly begin, it was announced here today.

Under a plan proposed by the Joint Distribution Committee and accepted by the relief committee of the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece, children who are evacuated with the consent of their parents will be maintained in the Athens Jewish orphanage, at the expense of the J.D.C. Transfer of children will be begun immediately from the Florina district, in northern Greece, and the Patras district, in the Peloponnesus. These are the country’s most-torn areas at present.

It is expected that the children of the community of Carditsa, in Thessaly, will be evacuated next, although no Jews were hurt nor was Jewish property damaged during a recent raid by the rebel forces on the town. Other provincial committees have been asked to submit data on their local situation.

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