TEL AVIV (Mar. 7)
Minister Without Portfolio Ariel Sharon narrowly escaped injury during a tour of southern Lebanon yesterday when an explosive charge went off as the car in which he was travelling passed along a road on the outskirts of Sidon. Defense Minister Moshe Arens had visited the Sidon port area shortly before the blast.
During his visit, Sharon told reporters he thought the Israel Defense Force should not leave the Awali River line in Lebanon, nor from the Jebel Barukh high observation point overlooking the Syrian-held Bekaa valley. He said operational methods could be changed and the forces thinned out, but the Awali line and the deployment facing the Syrians had to be maintained.