TEL AVIV (Jun. 17)
Army sopkesmen are playing down an incident last Thursday night during which Israel Defense Force tanks exchanged fire with Syrian forces in the eastern sector of the front in Lebanon for about two hours.
The tanks opened fire to extricate an IDF patrol pinned down by Syrian fire near the village of Kafr Kuk. There were no Israeli casualties and the incident was a “local affair,” the IDf spokesmen said. They said there were no signs that the Syrians wanted to engage Israel anywhere along the front.
Meanwhile, the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA) has exposed a hostile organization operating out of a village in south Lebanon and arrested several of the villagers, including a local leader, Sheikh Abd El-Karim, an IDF spokesman reported Friday. They were said to have confessed to a series of attacks on the IDF and the SLA, directed by El-Karim.
SLA forces fatally shot two terrorists Friday when they were fired on from ambush near Jezzine village in south Lebanon.