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British-owned Oil Refineries in Haifa Resume Operations; Closed Since War Began

The British-owned Consolidated Oil Refineries which have been shut down since the outbreak of hostilities in this city on the eve of the proclamation of the Jewish state today resumed operations. The British owners kept the plants, which have a capacity of 3,000 tons of oil, shut for 18 months on the excuse that Iraq would not pipe oil to Haifa nor would Egypt permit tankers to bring oil to the Israel port via the Suez Canal.

Meanwhile, the cornerstone of a new housing suburb of this city was yesterday laid in the Haifa Bay section. The project, which has the support of the General Zionists, will be established on land purchased by Transylvanian Jews 25 years ago. A group of young Jews from South Africa and other English-speaking lands celebrated the establishment of their collective village, Kfar Lam, on a hill south of Athlit.