TEL AVIV (Dec. 8)
An Israeli soldier was wounded and two Lebanese soldiers were killed when an Israel army vehicle was fired upon near a Lebanese roadblock in east Beirut today, an army spokesman announced. Israeli forces returned the fire and Israel Defense Force units scoured the area for the attackers. The incident was described as an “unfortunate accident” by IDF sources.
Lebanese soldiers manning a checkpoint at the eastern approaches to Beirut were said to have opened fire, possibly by accident, at two Israeli cars and an army ambulance approaching the post. One of the Israelis was wounded in the leg and his comrades opened fire in the direction from which the shots had come, killing two Lebanese soldiers at the checkpoint. Lebanese media in Beirut accused the Israelis of having fomented the incident by seeking to break through the roadblock to avoid being searched.