TEL AVIV (May. 15)
An Israeli patrol surprised and killed three heavily armed terrorists trying to infiltrate into Israel from south Lebanon last night. The Incident occurred at 9 p.m. local time when the three were caught in the process of cutting through the barbed wire security fence just east of the Rosh Hanikra border checkpoint.
Security sources said documents found on the bodies indicated that the men were members of George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and that their mission was to seize hostages at Kibbutz Hanita and hold them for the release of terrorists imprisoned in Israel. The Israeli patrol suffered no casualties in the brief exchange of fire that marked the incident.
Meanwhile, a Tel Aviv district court judge imposed life prison sentences today on two young Arab women and a man who comprised a terrorist call allegedly responsible for the deaths of at least six persons and injuries to more than 130 others in a long series of terrorist acts, mainly in the Jerusalem area. Those convicted were Jamal Yassin, 22 and Nadia el-Tyat and Nan Masieh, both 21. A fourth member of the group, Aataf Yousef, 22, was sentenced to 20 years.