TEL AVIV (Jul. 8)
An Israeli patrol killed three Arab terrorists today, apparently on a mission to seize hostages in Israel. The clash occurred at noon in the Har Dov area on the western slopes of Mt. Hermon. A military spokesman said the terrorists were well armed and carried explosives, ropes and other equipment indicating that they intended to capture hostages and commit acts of violence. There were no Israeli casualties.
The gang approached the Israeli border in broad daylight after crossing territory controlled by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) without detection by UNIFIL units. Israeli sources noted increasing terrorist activity against the Christian enclaves in south Lebanon from bases within the UNIFIL controlled area. Israel estimates that there are about 400-500 terrorists in that territory.