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Heavy Losses Seen Moving Arabs to Call off Strike Today

August 2, 1936
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The feeling was prevalent in informed circles here today that the Arab general strike against Jewish immigration, which has been attended by unexampled violence for the 104 days of its duration, will be called off tomorrow at a special session of the Arab Supreme Committee.

The heavy losses suffered by Arab rebels in battles with troops in the last few days, coupled with the evident determination of the British Government not to yield to violence as indicated by the refusal to dispatch the Royal Commission until order has been fully restored, may prove the decisive factors influencing such a decision.

Reports from various parts of the country indicated disorders of a sporadic nature are continuing.

Serious attacks occurred in the vicinity of Sejera, but were repelled without casualties by the military and police.

Police and soldiers last night started dynamiting caves in the vicinity of Bab el-Wad on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv road. The caves are used as hiding places by Arab bands which have been imperilling travelers using the road between the two biggest cities in the Holy Land.

Fifteen Jews and six Arabs were to go on trial in Tiberias today in connection with the three-day wave of disorders in the ancient capital of Lower Galilee. The Jews were seized by Arab police for allegedly shooting from houses in which Arabs are also known to be living.

Police last night launched a search in an Arab village for the owner of a house in which a bomb factory was discovered earlier in the day.

High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, who flew to Amman to dine with Emir Abdullah, Arab ruler of Transjordan, reached an agreement with him whereby pipelines of the Iraq Petroleum Co. passing through Transjordan will be protected. Lt. Col. C.H.F. Cox, British Resident in Amman, was present when the agreement was reached.

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