OPINION

July 25, 1957

UPRISING IN OMAN: Paris, 24 – British aircraft today launched an attack against rebels in Oman, firing at any moving target on the ground around the town of Nizwa, where rebellious tribes have prevailed. There are reports that British attacks from land and air are being stepped up due to a fear that the hostilities could spark a new liberation struggle against Britain across SE Arabia. According to a report from the Associated Press correspondent in Cairo, representatives in the Egyptian capital of the Oman rebels said today that their forces were controlling the greater part of Oman’s hinterland and that units of the Sultanate, a British protectorate, were disbanding and joining the rebels. Mohammed el Haru, representative of rebel leader Imam Ghalib bin Ali, emphasized that the sultan of Muscat and Oman must now rely solely on British help, since indigenous mercenary troops were joining the rebels in droves… Speaking about the fighting with British forces, he said that the rebel religious leader of Oman and his men had set out to meet the British troops, forced them to withdraw and then fought off a British counterattack, seizing three British vehicles.