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7,000 Demonstrate in Gaza; Arabs Cut Railway Between Israel and Gaza

Seven thousand Gaza residents today demonstrated in the streets of the town against the Eisenhower Doctrine and hailed the nomination by Cairo of an Egyptian governor for the territory.

(At UN headquarters, a report from Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, UNEF commander, termed the demonstration “peaceful” and stated that the demonstrator shouted: “The men of UNEF are our friends and will continue to be our friends.” Gen, Burns reported he had specifically told local merchants “they were free to resume trade with Egypt.” He concluded the report with this statement: “Seven days after the first UNEF contingents had crossed into the Gaza Strip, the general situation appeared to be peaceful and most people in good spirits.”)

Meanwhile, Egyptianization of the Strip continued apace. The rail connection between Israel and the Strip was cut by Arabs today despite the fact that a train with several thousand tons of supplies for Arab refugees in UNRWA camps was due. United Nations Emergency Force officers have informed local merchants they are free to trade with “anyone the, desire”–this means with Egypt since UNEF has sealed the order with Israel. UNEF also recognized the Egyptian pound as legal tender.

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