District Police Headquarters
26th April, 1948.
S E C R E T
General Situation Haifa District.
Haifa remains quiet. Yesterday produced
a noticeable change in the general atmosphere and businesses and shops
in the lower town were open for the first time in many days. Traffic started
to move normally around the:town and people returning to the places of
business filled the streets. In fact, Haifa presented a more normal appearance
than it had done for a long while. Some Arabs were seen moving among the
Jews in the lower town and German Colony area and these were allowed free
and unmolested passage. An appeal has been made to the Arabs by the
Jews to reopen their shops and businesses in order to relieve the difficulties
of feeding the Arab population. Evacuation was still going on yesterday
and several trips were made by 'Z' craft to Acre. Roads too, were
crowded with people leaving Haifa with all their belongings. At a
meeting yesterday afternoon Arab leaders reiterated their determination
to evacuate the entire Arab population and they have been given the loan
of ten 3-ton military trucks as from this morning to assist the evacuation.
Yesterday morning a Jew attempted to
pass the drop barrier of Police H.Q. facing Palmers Gate wheeling a barrow.
He was shot and killed by a Police sentry.
At 0640 hrs. yesterday Tireh village
was again attacked with mortar fire. Casualties and damage not known.
A report has been received from Military
to the effect that at 23.50 hrs. yesterday Jews attacked Acre from the
direction of Ein Hamifratz and Tall al Pukhkhar. An advance Party succeeded
in demolishing three houses in the Manshiya Quarter and then heavy mortar
fire was directed at the town. Several mortar bombs landed in Acre Prison
and all the inmates have escaped. The British Warden staff are safe. Military
proceeded to the scene and opened fire with artillery on Ein Hemifratz.
The Jews thereupon withdrew and a convoy of 11 vehicles was seen proceeding
in the direction of Haifa. casualties to both sides are not known.
for SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE
Copy:-.District Comissioner, Haifa
Superintendent of Police, Haifa