TEL AVIV (Sep. 1)
Christian villagers in southern Lebanon are taking measures to defend themselves against terrorist retaliation for the slaying of four terrorists who tried to break into Ein Ebel village in an armored car Monday. The terrorists are now believed to have been on their way to the open fence on the Lebanese-Israel border near Dovev for the purpose of sabotage to deter Lebanese from coming to Israel for medical assistance.
Groups of young Lebanese Christians, joined by Moslems of the Shi’i sect, have set up patrols in south Lebanon and are manning roadblocks at the entrances to villages in the region. They have also appealed to Israel for help against the terrorists. So far, the Israeli army’s actions have been aimed at preventing terrorists from approaching the border.
A terrorist radio broadcast claimed today that Israeli artillery shelled the Moslem village of Bint-Jibayel in southern Lebanon while Christian artillery shelled Kufr Hanin, near Ein Ebel. Foreign news sources reported that some Christian guards in southern Lebanon are armed with Israel-made Uzzi submachine guns. According to the reports, the weapons were identified in television pictures.