TEL AVIV (Jul. 9)
An Israeli army force entered the Lebanese village of Khabra last night and demolished two buildings said to have housed a terrorist cell. A military spokesman described the operation as a preventive act within the framework of Israel’s declared policy of striking terrorists before they can strike Israel. He said the two buildings were evacuated before they were blown up.
It was the second such act in 24 hours. On Saturday night, two houses were blown up in another Lebanese village after women and children were evacuated. The spokesman said Israel would continue its deterrent action against Arab terrorists. Last night’s entry into Lebanon followed a clash between an Israeli patrol and terrorists in the Har Dov area yesterday in which three terrorists were killed.
Israel has expressed anxiety over increased terrorist activity in the area of south Lebanon under control of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The terrorists who were intercepted had crossed territory patroled by the Norwegian UNIFIL contingent without being detected.