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Security Forces Intensify Campaign Against Terrorist Bases in Gaza Strip

Israeli officials reported today that a stepped-up campaign by Israeli security forces, aimed at terrorist bases in the Gaza Strip, was the probable reason for a complete absence of grenade attacks since an explosion last Friday morning at the Gaza branch office of Bank Leumi. The officials said that in the new tactic the units were searching out terrorists at the bases in a continuous series of probes rather than waiting for incidents to occur before reacting. They said 22 terrorists had been killed in July, including seven in the Strip. In addition, it was reported, three terrorists were killed this morning when an Israeli patrol spotted a group of guerrillas in the Sadjiyeh section of Gaza. They were found hiding in a bunker from which they tried to lob grenades at the patrol, touching off the clash in which they were killed.