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Uneasy Calm Prevails in Oran; Jewish Section of City Under Curfew

An uneasy calm prevailed today in Oran following reports that strife between Jews and Moslems was about to erupt again.

According to reports received here from Algeria, a non-Jewish merchant living in the Jewish quarter had been stabbed, presumably by a Moslem and Jewish youths were preparing to attack Moslem and Arab passersby again. Police and army units cordoned off the entire area, pacifying it.

The Jewish area of Oran remained under curfew and was cut off from the rest of the city; Authorities were reported as believing there would be no new intercommunal outbreaks for the time being.