Foreign News: Bili Putsch


Arabia was at peace last week. Hard-hitting Ibn Saud, King of the Hejaz, had stopped a brief but bloody revolt. Correspondents hurried down to Dhaba on the Red Sea to see what all the shooting was for. They got there at dusk as the desert heat was lifting. A crowd of little boys in dirty, torn abas were shrilly playing football on the dusty plain. Their football did not bounce. It was the lacerated, eyeless head of Hamad Ibn Ra fada, defeated chieftain of the Bili tribe.

Two months ago Hamad Ibn Rafada crossed the Hejaz border from Transjordania at the...

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