TEL AVIV (Jun. 7)
A nine-man U.N. delegation concerned with relief for Palestine refugees left Israel last night after conferring with Israel officials on providing work relief for an estimated 28,000 refugees of the war who are now in the Jewish state.
The Israelis proposed to the U.N. delegation, representing the United Nations relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, a gradual reduction of direct relief to the refugees in the Jewish state and their progressive placement on works projects. In addition, the general overall situation of the refugees in this country was discussed as was the question of cooperation between the Israel authorities and competent U.N. agencies dealing with the refugee situation.
An Israel spokesman estimated that of the 28,000 refugees, 25,000 were Arabs and 3,000 were Jews. The U.N. delegation was headed by Maj. Gen. Howard Kennedy, director of the Agency, while the Israel officials were headed by Dr. Walter Eytan, director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry.
(The N.Y. Times reports today from Beirut that Gen. Kennedy warned the Syrian Government that if Syria continues to interfere with the transport of U.N. relief supplies to Transjordan, the goods will be brought in through Israel. The report said that a plan to transport supplies for Arab refugees in Transjordan through the Israel port of Haifa is being considered.)