NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
21st June, 1936 : Four RAF planes went into action today machine-gunning a group of 70 Palestinian Arabs who had ambushed British troops. They made sorties at low level against marauders. Three were hit by Arab ground fire but returned safely to base. Last week RAF planes were also used to ward off an Arab attack on a Jewish colony on Mount Gilead. In today’s fighting, the first serious clash between the Arabs and the British Army in the Palestine troubles, an army convoy from Jaffa to Haifa was attacked near Tulkarm, north-west of Nablus. The planes intervened after a call for reinforcements brought troops with tanks and armoured cars racing to the spot. In an engagement lasting seven hours the marauders lost ten dead. Two British soldiers were killed.