Three Israeli Soldiers Wounded

Three Israeli soldiers were slightly wounded today when an explosive charge detonated near their vehicle on a road in south Lebanon east of the Zaharani River. Concern is mounting, meanwhile, over the fate of the six Israeli soldiers held prisoner by the Palestine Liberation Organization because of renewed fighting between PLO dissidents and forces loyal to Yasir Arafat. Defense Minister Moshe Arens reiterated today that Israel holds the PLO and its leaders directly responsible for the safety of the Israeli POWs. Reports from Beirut today said fierce fighting broke out near Tripoli in northern Lebanon between pro-and-anti-Arafat elements of the PLO, the latter aided by Syria. The Syrians were said to be pounding residential areas of Lebanon’s second largest city and nearby camps with GRAD and other missiles.

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