TEL AVIV (Mar. 28)
In a clash between villagers and members of the militia that had been headed by the late Major Saad Haddad, three residents of the south Lebanese Shiite village of Jibshi were killed and 10 were wounded today when the soldiers opened fire on a mob surrounding them. Israel Defense Force units encircled the village after the incident and imposed a curfew.
The clash began when militia members entered the village to search for arms. They were reported to have uncovered large quantities of military hardware and sabotage material. Lebanon army sources said the militia members opened fire only after they had been attacked by enraged villagers and some of the militiamen had been injured by rocks thrown from rooftops. The village is reportedly a hotbed of supporters of Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.
In another incident, two Israeli soldiers were wounded in south Lebanon when their patrol was ambushed near the village of Arab Selim.