TEL AVIV (Dec. 12)
Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in Lebanon today when their jeeps were attacked with grenades and small arms fire near Nabatiya, several kilometers north of the Israel border town of Metullah. Israeli troops were seaming the area for the attackers.
Another Israeli soldier was wounded Friday by unidentified gunmen just outside of Aley village in the Shouf mountains of eastern Lebanon. Israeli forces had surrounded the village in an effort to end fighting between local Druze and Christian Phalangists.
More than 20 residents of Aley and nearby villages have been killed or wounded in the fighting which escalated over the weekend. A curfew imposed on Aley by Israeli forces three days ago was still in effect today.
Heavy fighting was also reported over the weekend in Tripoli, a city of some 250,000 in northern Lebanon where the Syrian army is said to be in control. The combatants are reportedly pro and anti-Syrian elements in the local population.
A Shi’ite Moslem serving in Maj. Saad Haddad’s Christian militia in south Lebanon was killed in a clash with a Fijian battalion of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). According to UNIFIL sources, the militiamen in two jeeps tried to break through a roadblock.