Tel Aviv (Mar. 2)
– Palestinian terrorists fired Katyusha rockets into Upper Galilee today injuring three persons in Kiryat Shemona and causing damage to several houses and power lines there. The attack, launched from terrorist positions north of the Litani River in Lebanon, occurred two hours after Israel Air Force jets raided two terrorist bases northeast of Sidon on the Lebanese coast this afternoon.
Katyusha rockets also hit Western Galilee today, about an hour after the attack on Kiryat Shemona but no casualties or damage was reported.
Commenting on the preemptive air strike, the third by Israel since December, Deputy Defense Minister Mordechai Zipori said Israel would continue “to deal with the terrorists in the toughest manner.” He added, “I am happy to say we have changed the situation in southern Lebanon. The terrorists now have sufficient work looking after themselves without thinking about harming Jews.”
Zipori spoke after the Israeli planes had returned safely to their bases but before the rockets hit Kiryat Shemona. The raid on the terrorist bases was reported to have been successful. According to a military spokesman, the returning pilots said they scored direct hits on their targets.
Meanwhile, reports from Sidon said the port city was shelled by Maj. Saad Haddad’s Christian forces today for the second successive day. A water pumping station was said to have been put out of commission.