TEL AVIV (Jul. 13)
Israeli Air Force jets destroyed a terrorist arms factory near Sidon in Lebanon today. A military spokesman said the raid was carried out at 3 p.m. local time. It was the second Israeli air strike within a week at terrorist targets along the coast of southern Lebanon. The last attack — a combination air, land and sea operation — was carried out last Monday, three days after a terrorist bomb blast claimed 14 lives in Jerusalem, Premier Yitzhak Rabin pledged at the time that Israeli forces would seek out and destroy terrorists wherever they could be reached.
TERRORISTS RETALIATE; 2 ISRAELIS WOUNDED
Arab terrorists retaliated this evening against the Israeli raid by launching a barrage of Katyusha rockets at the Nahariya and Rosh Hanikra regions, Two women were reportedly injured. At the same time an unidentified shell was fired at Kibbutz Malakiyeh in the upper Galilee. No one was injured. Meanwhile an Israeli army spokesman said that all planes from this morning’s attack had returned safely, denying a report from Lebanon that two planes were shot down.
Yesterday, a single Katyusha rocket fired from Jordanian territory at Kibbutz Eiloth, three kilometers north of Eilat, set off brush fires in the dry fields but caused no casualties or damage. The fires were put out by the Eilat fire brigade, Israeli sources believe the rocket may have been aimed at Eilat itself but fell short.
The incident was the first of its kind in the southernmost region of Israel. Some circles expressed concern that it may Indicate the opening of a new phase of terrorist activity from Jordanian territory with the consent of Jordanian authorities. On the other hand, Israeli sources said, It seemed unlikely that Jordan would permit attacks in the. Eilat region which is adjacent to its own highly vulnerable Red Sea port of Aquaba. The area has been quiet for several years.