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Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Clash with Terrorists in South Lebanon

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Two Israel Defense Force soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a clash with terrorists today in south Lebanon, the Army spokesman announced here.

The dead soldiers, both 19 years old, were identified as Eyal Cohen of Tel Aviv and Dror Hanan of Petach Tikva. They were the first IDF soldiers killed in Lebanon since last April and bring the Israeli death toll in the Lebanon war to 656.

Three terrorists were also killed in the clash, the army spokesman said, near the village of Majdel Selim on the edge of the security zone some four miles north of the Israel border near Kiryat Shmona.

The terrorists had in their possession Kalashnikov rifles, a rocket propelled grenade launcher and grenades, shells and a two way radio, according to the army announcement.

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