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3 Sla Soldiers Killed, 5 Wounded

Three South Lebanon Army soldiers were killed and five others were wounded Sunday morning in an attack by the Shiite Hizbullah faction on an SLA post near Jezinne in Lebanon just north of the security zone.

Three of the wounded were injured by a roadside bomb exploded by radio from a distance as they sped to the aid of their comrades involved in the attack.

In recent weeks five SLA soldiers have been killed and 10 wounded in clashes with the Iran-inspired extremist Hizbullah guerrillas.

Another French soldier of the UN Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL), was killed in south Lebanon Saturday and five more were wounded. He was the 22nd French UNIFIL soldier killed since the contingent joined UNIFIL. Many of the casualties were sustained in the past few weeks as tension between the French UNIFIL soldiers and Shiite militiamen escalated.

Saturday’s incident occurred when a French armored personnel carrier was blown off the road by a remote-controlled bomb as it passed near Bafliye where the French soldiers were patrolling the eastern tip of their zone of operation.

On Friday, the Israel Air Force, using helicopter gunships, attacked a boat on the beach just south of Sidon. Military sources said the boat was being prepared for infiltration into Israel.

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