December 19, 1947 Raids on food trains between Haifa and Lydda“Two large-scale, carefully planned raids were made on food trains between Haifa and Lydda by Arabs today.

The first attack was on a train that had been halted by the explosion of a signal torpedo on the tracks.  Approximately one hundred armed men, ‘believed to be Arabs,’ opened fire on the train and then held up the crew while thirty-five tons of sugar were loaded into trucks and driven away.  There were no casualties.  A few miles away another train with eight carloads of barley, rice and wheat was stopped in the same way and an unrevealed amount of grain driven off in several trucks .”

Source: New York Times, December 20, 1947