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One Israeli Soldier Killed and Another Wounded in South Lebanon

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An Israeli soldier was killed and another wounded today in a grenade attack in the marketplace in Nabatiya, the 22nd attack by terrorists on the Israel Defense Force in south Lebanon in five days.

The two soldiers were injured when a grenade was thrown at their position near the market, the army said. One soldier was lightly wounded while the other was mortally wounded. He died in a hospital a short time after the attack. His identity was not immediately released by the army.

The market was closed while the IDF and the South Lebanon Army (SLA) troops searched the area. The market had been closed for a day last week, after a similar grenade attack.

In another incident, an explosive charge was detonated along a road near Turan Village while an IDF patrol passed by. A search of the area uncovered an electric cable used to detonate the charge from some distance away, the army reported.

ISRAELI GUNBOATS SHELL TERRORIST BASE

Meanwhile, Israeli naval gunboats shelled a terrorist base near Tripoli after it was attacked by helicopters earlier in the day. The base is at Nah-El Bared, some 10 kilometers northeast of Tripoli. The army said the base was a training and staging ground for sea attacks on Israel.

Elsewhere in Lebanon, the port of Tyre remained closed to small ships for the fifth consecutive day. No reason has been given for the closure of the port to small fishing and other vessels. Larger vessels may enter and leave the port with supplies for south Lebanon, after special permission is granted by the IDF.

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