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Clashes Between Jews and Moslems in Oran Renewed; One Jew Killed

September 19, 1961
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One Jew was killed, and a 15-year-old Jewish boy was wounded when fresh rioting broke out yesterday between Jews and Moslems in the Mellah, the Jewish quarter, of Oran, Algeria.

Serious riots occurred at Oran last week when fighting broke out on Rosh Hashanah, resulting in the death of three Moslem terrorists, the wounding of 26 persons including nine Jews, and the arrest of 76 persons. After a few days of strained quiet in the Mellah, the fighting broke out again Sunday.

Terrorists belonging to the FLN, the Moslem independence movement in Algeria, struck down Emile Medina, a Jew, as he walked along one of the city’s principal streets. He had been stabbed fatally in the back. A few minutes later, the 15-year-old boy, Dada Douaty, was shot in the head in the very center of the Mellah. He was seriously wounded.

As soon as word spread of the death of Mr. Medina and the wounding of the boy, Jewish youths started after the man who had killed Mr. Medina. They caught the man, a Moslem, and beat him badly. Two of this man’s accomplices, both allegedly armed with revolvers, were also caught by the youthful Jewish self-defense corps.

French security forces moved in and rescued the three Moslems, who were being threatened with death by a crowd of Jews. By Sunday evening, after the French sent in security reinforcements, the Mellah seemed to have quieted down, but there was great tension among both Jews in the Mellah and among Arabs in the nearby Casbah.

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