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Israeli Soldier Killed in Lebanon

An Israeli soldier was killed in south Lebanon Wednesday night and four others were wounded in a clash with terrorists near Batsil mountain at the western end of the border security zone, a military spokesman announced Thursday.

The dead soldier was identified as Cpl. Ronnen Malka of Migdal Haemek. The wounds suffered by the four other soldiers were described as light to medium. Malka was the first Israel Defense Force fatality since the IDF was pulled out of south Lebanon February 21 after a fruitless four-day search for two soldiers kidnapped by Shiite Moslem extemists.