Air Force Attacks Terrorist Bases in Lebanon; Four Israeli Towns Hit by Rocket Fire from Lebanon

Israel Air Force planes attacked terrorist bases in Lebanon this morning and returned safely to their bases. The attack began at 10 a.m. local time and continued intermittently for about 20 minutes according to military sources. The targets included a terrorist stronghold near Nabatiyeh which serves as headquarters for the Syrian-sponsored Al Saiqa terrorist organization.

According to reliable sources, today’s air strike was carried out within the framework of preventive action against terrorist bases in Lebanon. This action is not limited to terrorist staging areas in the border region but hits their strongholds deep inside Lebanon, the sources said.

A Lebanese army spokesman said on Beirut radio that about 30 Israeli planes participated in the attacks which, he claimed, were aimed at refugee camps north of Beirut and in the Tripoli region. According to Lebanese sources, one of the targets was the Nahr el-Bard camp 17 kilometers north of Tripoli and the El-Badawi camp, three kilometers north of Tripoli. The Lebanese said anti-aircraft fire forced the Israeli planes to drop their bombs from high altitude.

TWO ISRAELIS INJURED IN ATTACK

Israeli military sources reported that four Israeli border towns–Kiryat Shemona, Metullah, Nahariya and Safed–were the targets of rocket and mortar fire from Lebanon tonight. Israeli forces returned the fire. Two Israeli civilians were reported wounded. The injured were residents of Kiryat Shemona. Their injuries were slight and they returned to their homes after receiving first aid. Several buildings were damaged and electricity was cut off briefly in Kiryat Shemona.

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