TEL AVIV (Dec. 26)
Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in Lebanon last night when their vehicle was attacked with small arms and bazooka fire near Aley village in the Shouf mountains south of the Beirut-Damascus highway. They were flown to a hospital in Israel.
Aley and the surrounding area has been the center of sharp fighting between Druze and Christian Phalangists for the past month. Israeli forces have attempted to persuade the warring factions to agree to cease-fires. But when they were arranged, they quickly broke down.
The artillery and mortar exchanges spread last week to the area of Khalde, just south of Beirut, where negotiations between Israel and Lebanon are expected to begin in a few days.
Today ended the 27th week of Israel’s presence in Lebanon, making the war which started last June the longest in Israel’s history.