Bomb Explosions, Haifa.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 28th June 1939.

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Photo of Mr Andrew MacLaren Mr Andrew MacLaren , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many bomb explosions have taken place in the market place in Haifa since June, 1938; also the number of killed and wounded in each explosion, indicating in each case, the number of women, men and children sufferers?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

Three bomb explosions have taken place in the vegetable market in Haifa since June, 1938. The casualties caused by these explosions were as follow: On 6th July, 1938, 21 persons were killed and 61 wounded; on 26th July 53 persons were killed and 45 wounded; and on 19th June of this year, 18 persons were killed and 24 wounded. I am unable to say how many. of these were men, women and children.

Sir N. Stewart Sandeman:

Could the right hon. Gentleman tell us the nationality of these victims?

Mr. MacDonald:

I should require notice before dividing them up, but, as far as my recollection goes, the great majority were Arabs.

Photo of Mr Andrew MacLaren Mr Andrew MacLaren , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) what official inquiries have been made into the bomb explosions in Haifa; and whether, as a result of these inquiries, he is in a position to state who were the persons directly responsible for these criminal acts;

(2) whether the bomb explosions in Haifa were within the vicinity of the police station; and what precautions were taken by the police to prevent the recurrence of the explosions?

Mr. MacDonald:

I have received no detailed reports covering the points raised in these questions, but am asking the High Commissioner for Palestine for full information.