ALGIERS (Jan. 15)
Seven Jews were killed and two seriously wounded during the last three days in clashes in a number of Algerian cities between terrorists of the underground Moslem FLN and the secret organization of Europeans, as the unrelenting struggle of foes and supporters of Algerian independence mounted in fury;
At Oran today, further incidents occurred in the Jewish quarter, as Europeans adherents of the OAS, the French anti-independence underground, and the FLN, Moslem group fighting for independence, continued clashing for the third successive day; Fighting between the two groups took place in the streets of the Jewish section of the city, which is in the heart of Oran; However, no Jewish casualties were reported in this latest round of fighting.
Tension among Algerian Jews continued to mount, especially in Constantine where terrorism was unchecked; Many Jews have left Constantine and others are preparing to abandon homes and shops to save their lives; In all of the small towns around Constantine, Jews were reported to be fleeing daily.
In Constantine, only 7, 000 Jews are left of a community which numbered 18, 000; The Talmud Torah school in Constantine which had about 900 pupils and was the most important in Algeria, now has 300; The ORT school was forced to suspend because only 14 students were left; All of the small towns around Constantine were reported facing the same problems, with no rabbi, schochet or mohel remaining;
French officials sent troop reinforcements today to Algiers, Oran and Bone to increase street patrols; Plans also were under consideration to cordon off areas where intercommunal tensions are most acute;