Lebanese Mortar Batteries Fire on Israeli Naval Patrol Boat

An Israeli naval patrol boat exchanged fire with Lebanese mortar batteries ashore off Rosh Hanikra on the Israel-Lebanese border last night. A military spokesman said the craft which was patrolling the coastline for possible terrorist attempts to infiltrate Israel by sea, was fired on by Lebanese regular units and returned the fire. There were no Israeli casualties.

A high state of alert continued in northern Israel today as security forces continued to comb the region for terrorists believed to have entered Israel two weeks ago. About 95 percent of the police force has been assigned to the manhunt and related security measures in addition to army and border police units. The activity on the Israeli side of the border has apparently made the Lebanese nervous. Lebanese army patrols are seen more frequently on roads adjoining the border, employing armored cars whereas in the past they used only Jeeps and light vehicles.

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