TEL AVIV (Jun. 26)
Four terrorists were killed and one Israeli soldier was slightly injured in a clash in the Idmith region near the Lebanese border shortly before midnight last night. The incident occurred after an Israeli patrol spotted a fresh break in the border security fence and, following a trail, surprised the terrorists. The latter engaged the patrol in a sharp exchange of fire and tried to escape into Lebanon but all four were mowed down by Israeli gunfire. The injured soldier was hit by grenade fragments and evacuated by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.
The terrorists, wearing olive drab shirts and trousers, were heavily armed with Kalachnikoff assault rifles, bazookas and large quantities of explosives. Axes and wire cutters were also found on their bodies. There was no immediate identification of which terrorist group they belonged to but it was clear to military authorities that they were on a sabotage mission inside Israel. Israeli soldiers were alerted along the Lebanese border following a bazooka and small arms attack on a patrol near Za’arit Wednesday morning in which no casualties were sustained.