890d.00/218: Telegram

The Consul at Beirut ( Knabenshue ) to the Secretary of State

Keeley reports by telephone two-thirds Damascus in hands revolutionists of Damascus who tonight are expected to attack French forces numbering about 2,000. Foreigners have taken refuge in nearest available consulates. French reported to be withdrawing troops from Djebel Druse to relieve Damascus. Railway Beirut-Damascus now reported cut.