Civilian Worker Killed in Lebanon

An Israeli civilian worker, employed by the government’s Public Works Department (PWD), was killed in Lebanon last Thursday when his vehicle was ambushed from the roadside a mile south of Lake Karoun in the eastern sector of the front. He was the fourth PWD fatality in south Lebanon.

In January, a PWD employe was killed and two were wounded when their convoy was fired on and hit by two grenades. They were engaged on road construction work for the Israel Defense Force near Ansar. One of the men wounded died last month and the second man wounded died today.

Civilian construction workers are employed by the IDF. They returned to work in Lebanon after a week’s absence. They are demanding war risk compensation and life insurance similar to that provided Israeli soldiers in Lebanon.

In related developments, two hand grenades were thrown at an IDF patrol near Nabatiya in south Lebanon Friday morning. There were no casualties.

Sharp exchanges of fire between Moslems and Christians continued in Beirut over the weekend as leaders of the warring factions prepared for another round of reconciliation talks with the Lebanese government in Lausanne, Switzerland, beginning tomorrow. A Lebanese journalist was killed outside the French Embassy in Beirut when he was caught in crossfire Friday.

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