TEL AVIV (May. 13)
An Israeli army officer was killed in south Lebanon Friday and a resident of Sidon was fatally shot Saturday when he tried to run an Israel Defense Force roadblock in the center of that town. An IDF patrol killed two Arab terrorists near Hebron in the West Bank Friday night.
Lt. Yosef Binyon, 21, was buried in Eliphet, Upper Galilee today. He was killed and a civilian was wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at an IDF convoy in Nabatiya Friday, the first incident of its kind in 10 days. Binyon’s death brought to 581 the number of fatal casualties sustained by the IDF in Lebanon since June, 1982.
On Saturday, Israeli soldiers opened fire at a speeding car that failed to stop at a roadblock in Sidon. The driver was killed. The incident in the West Bank occurred near the main highway connecting Hebron with the coastal plain. An IDF patrol came upon two Arabs who opened fire with pistols when they were ordered to halt. The patrol returned the fire, killing both men.
Military sources said they were carrying four hand grenades, two pistols, two knives, maps in Arabic and English and personal effects, including clothes and medications identified as having been pur chased in Jordan. According to the sources, Jordan may have been their point of departure. Documents found near the bodies identified the suspects as members of El Fatah.
A Damascus-based organization that calls itself the “Fatah Interim Leadership” announced later that two of its men were killed in a clash with the IDF. The organization opposes PLO chief Yasir Arafat.