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Situation in South Lebanon

An Arab terrorist was killed by an IDF patrol Friday and two Lebanese motorcycle riders were shot at and slightly injured today when they failed to halt on orders at an IDF roadblock, both incidents occurring near Sidon.

The army spokesman said the IDF patrol opened fire on the terrorist when he was spotted in the act of planting an explosive charge on a roadside south of Sidon. The two motorcyclists were taken to a hopital in Sidon.

Two abortive attacks were attempted today against IDF units in south Lebanon. A rocket was aimed at an IDF position south of Tyre and another was fired at an Israeli position near Jezzine. Neither attack caused casualties or damage and in each case the Israelis fired back. There were no Israeli casualties in any of the four incidents.

But two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Friday when a grenade was thrown at their patrol in the center of Nabatiya. A curfew was imposed on the market area of the south Lebanese town while soldiers carried out searches for the grenade thrower. Shops in Nabatiya were ordered closed by the army Thursday in response to widespread disturbances.

Elsewhere in south Lebanon, 50 cadets received officers’ insignia and became officers in the South Lebanon Army (SLA). They received their insignia from the SLA commanding general, Antonie Lahad. IDF instructors organized and led the officers training course.

Officials reported that the SLA currently has about 2,500 Lebanese soldiers and Lahad is trying to increase that total by recruiting efforts, particularly among the area’s Shi’ite Moslems. The SLA recently took over guard and inspection posts from the IDF, particularly along the Awali River and in Nabatiya.

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