TEL AVIV (May. 16)
Two Israeli soldiers were wounded when their patrol came under small arms fire from ambush north of the Zaharani River in south Lebanon today. They were evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
Two bazooka shells were fired at an Israel Defense Force patrol north of Juyaeh in the western sector of the front in Lebanon today but caused no casualties. A mine was discovered and safely dismantled by Israeli soldiers on a road near Nabatiyeh that is frequently used by the IDF.
Meanwhile, Israel continued to reduce its military presence in Sidon, the most populace town in south Lebanon. The Saraya building which until recently housed the IDF’s civil administration, was formally turned over to a representative of the central government in Beirut. The building now serves as headquarters for the government’s southern provincial administration.