HC Deb 30 October 1919 vol 120 cc936-7W

asked the. Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information regarding the causes and circumstances of the recent outbreak involving casualties at Alexandia?


During the afternoon of 24th October the rougher elements of the population of Alexandria started a demonstration which the police were unable to control. A small detachment of troops was called in to assist the police in restoring order, whereupon the crowd stoned both police and troops who were obliged to fire, killing three of the rioters. The disturbances continued during the night, resulting in the burning of a cinema theatre and a motor lorry, and broke out again on the morning of 25th October. In consequence one of the native quarters of the town has had to be placed under military control; and as the disturbances still continued the troops were again obliged to fire killing four persons and wounding fourteen.