Communication Received from Advance Party
Concerning Notes on Conference held 27 March
with chief of fire brigade, Mr. Roy.
Notes on conference held 27 March with
chief of fire brigade, Mr. Roy.
(Memorandum by Colonel Roscher Lund)
(29 March 1948)
The Jewish section of the fire brigade will probably continue after 15 May, paid by Jewish authorities, while the Arab section probably will dissolve because of lack of funds.
In the opinion of Mr. Hoy there are three large slum areas in the Jewish part of the town where a large fire, if there were a lark of water, would spread and destroy a part of the town. This will probably occur in case of large-scale fighting.
Within the Arab part of the town and also in the Old City, the stone walls of houses are so solid that fire in one house probably will not spread to others.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre will probably collapse in ease of explosion of mortar bombs close by, as necessary repairs have not been carried out for a long time.
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