TEL AVIV (Jan. 21)
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin disclosed Wednesday that an Israel Defense Force unit operating irregularly in south Lebanon repulsed several attacks in recent days by the Shiite extremist Hezbullah on units and positions of the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA).
Replying to questions in the Knesset, Rabin said the attacks were repelled with no casualties to either the IDF or SLA. He estimated that at least five attackers were killed and 10 wounded.
Rabin noted that the attacks were launched some distance from the Israel border which only confirmed the importance of the south Lebanon security zone as a buffer against attacks on Israel.