TEL AVIV (Jan. 5)
Four soldiers of the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA) were killed Monday and two were injured when a roadside bomb exploded near Markabe village in the south Lebanon security zone.
The SLA unit, on a routine patrol, came upon three persons acting suspiciously and gave chase when the bomb consisting of several kilograms of high explosives was detonated under them. The incident brought to 10 the number of SLA soldiers killed in the past week. Six died last week in a Hezbullah attack on their positions in Barashit village.
Bases of Hezbullah in two south Lebanon villages were targets of an Israel Air Force helicopter attack Sunday. Hezbullah (Party of God) is a pro-Iranian Shiite terrorist group.
The SLA has suffered 101 fatalities since the Israel Defense Force withdrew from Lebanon two years ago, leaving it the task of policing the security zone.