TEL AVIV (Jan. 4)
Israel Air Force helicopters attacked bases of the pro-Iranian Shiite extremist group Hezbullah in south Lebanon at noon Sunday and returned safely to their bases, a military spokesman announced.
He said the targets were buildings in Khirbet Salud and Khabricha villages, just north of the south Lebanon security zone, used as staging areas for attacks on the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA).
Six SLA soldiers were killed in a Hezbullah attack on their positions in Barashit village last week. Since last May, the SLA suffered 95 fatalities.
Reports from Lebanon said four Israeli attack helicopters conducted the raid. They encountered no ground fire. The three-story buildings hit were in a populated area. Residents sought shelter in nearby mosques, the reports said.