JERUSALEM (Jul. 31)
An Israeli soldier, Sgt. Arieh Touboul, 20, from Beersheba, was killed in Lebanon in a skirmish with terrorists Thursday morning.
Touboul’s unit came across the terrorists in the northwest section of the security belt in south Lebanon, about seven kilometers from Israel’s northern border. Touboul was mortally wounded in the ensuing exchange of fire. Two of the terrorists were also killed.
Kalashnikov rifles, low rockets and other weapons were found near the bodies of the terrorist who were carrying documents issued by the Shiite Amal group, though it was not immediately clear if they actually belonged to that faction.
Chief of Staff Moshe Levy, visiting the site of the battle, said that Katyusha rockets are occasionally fired across the border into Israel from that area. Levy also noted that the unit involved in Thursday’s incident was the same one whose commander was wounded in another battle with terrorists on the Rosh Hanikra cliffs recently.