TEL AVIV (Jul. 21)
An Israeli patrol captured two terrorists who fired a Katyusha rocket into Galilee from south Lebanon last night. The rocket, which exploded near Kibbutz Shaor Yeshuv without causing casualties or damage, was the first to hit Israeli territory since the invasion of Lebanon began last June 6. The terrorists were rounded up after a search disclosed rocket fragments. They led Israeli soldiers to the launcher which they had abandoned.
Meanwhile, an Israeli soldier was wounded in an exchange of fire with Palestine Liberation Organization forces east of Beirut yesterday, a military spokesman announced.
The PLO remnant in west Beirut is surrounded by Israeli forces while diplomatic negotiations for their departure remain stalled. The latest cease-fire, now in its second week, appears to be holding.
But there has been shooting almost daily which the Israelis refer to as “terrorist breaches of the cease-fire.” According to Israeli sources, the exchanges usually begin with small arms fire by the PLO which Israeli troops answer in kind. Frequently this escalates to artillery and tank fire at point-blank range.
Meanwhile, an army spokesman denied reports from Beirut that the Syrians have installed new antiaircraft missiles in the Boka Valley in eastern Lebanon to replace those destroyed by Israeli air attacks in the early days of the fighting. But other Israeli sources suggested that the Syrians may be preparing new missile launcher sites without moving forward the actual missiles.