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Israeli Jets Hit Terrorist Bases About 10 Miles from Syrian Border

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Israel Air Force jets raided terrorist bases northeast of Tripoli in northern Lebanon Monday morning. A military spokesman said hits were scored on the targets and all aircraft returned safely to their bases.

The targets were further north than any hit by Israeli air raids in the past, in an area of Lebanon about 10 miles from the Syrian border known to be effectively under Syrian control. The main target was described as headquarters serving two dissident groups of the Palestine Liberation Organization opposed to Yasir Arafat. The raid was described as a routine operation to disrupt terrorist plans.

Beirut Radio reported Monday that eight Israeli aircraft attacked buildings used by the Syrian National Socialist Party in three villages in the Akka region of northern Lebanon.

The targets were said to be protected by Syrian-based SAM-2 and SAM-6 missiles, but none was fired at the attackers. The Syrian National Socialist Party specializes in car bombings and suicide attacks in south Lebanon and in the south Lebanon security zone, according to Israeli sources.

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