IDF Soldier Killed, Four Wounded; Israeli Air Force Bombs Terrorist Base

One Israeli soldier was killed and four others were wounded, slightly, in south Lebanon today. The Israel Air Force, meanwhile, bombed terrorist targets near the Bekaa valley.

The army announced at the same time that another soldier, Sgt. Baruch Ezrah, 21, died yesterday of wounds inflicted five days earlier in a terrorist attack on Kleyla village in south Lebanon.

The Israel Defense Force said most of today’s casualties were sustained when an IDF patrol came under small arms fire three kilometers southwest of Adasiye village. Another soldier was slightly wounded earlier today by a rocket-propelled grenade fired at his patrol near the Bourj A-Shamali refugee camp on the outskirts of Tyre. He was treated on the spot and did not require hospitalization.

RECENT INCREASE OF ATTACKS ON THE IDF

Military sources said there has been a recent increase of attacks on the IDF near the international frontier which is far from the area where the IDF is presently completing the first stage of its withdrawal from south Lebanon. Four attacks on IDF units were reported in the Tyre area on Friday. There were no military casualties but a local civilian was wounded.

A military spokesman said today’s air attack target was a building that housed the local headquarters of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a pro-Soviet terrorist group headed by Nayef Hawatmeh which is believed to be close to Syria. The target was near Talabiye village, about two kilometers southeast of Shtoura on the Beirut-Damascus highway. All aircraft returned safely to their bases.

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