TEL AVIV (Mar. 13)
Seven Israeli soldiers were wounded north of Sidon in Lebanon today when their patrol was attacked by rockets and small arms fire, the army spokesman announced. The wounded men were taken to the hospital while other patrols searched the area for the attackers.
In another attack on an IDF patrol last night, south of Damour, there were no casualties, the spokesman said. There, also, bazooka rockets and small arms fire were directed at the Israelis.
Meanwhile, military sources said last night that U.S. marines had provoked on incident with Israeli soldiers south of Beirut yesterday. According to the report, some 40 American marines crossed into Israeli-held territory and at first refused to withdraw when informed they were in an unauthorized area.
There was some scuffling with members of an Israeli army mechanized convoy, until the Israelis had checked with the liaison officer responsible for Israel-American relations who persuaded the Americans that they had entered the area without permission.
The Israelis say the boundary between the area of operations of the two forces is clearly defined at this point near the Reihan University complex.