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IDF Officer Killed, Another Wounded in Clash with Terrorist Squad

An Israel Defense Force officer was killed and another soldier was slightly wounded in a clash between an IDF force and a terrorist squad on the border of the security zone, in the central sector of southern Lebanon, early Thursday morning. The dead man was later identified as Capt. Rami Ben-Zvi Hakman, of Kibbutz Ein Harod Meuchad.

A statement issued by the IDF spokesman said that in the pre-dawn hours, close to 2:30 this morning, an IDF force encountered a terrorist squad which tried to penetrate the central sector of the security zone north of Bint-Jbail.

In the exchange of fire, an IDF officer was mortally wounded and died on the way to a hospital, and another soldier was lightly wounded. The terrorists escaped, apparently unharmed, leaving only a back-pack and cartridge cases behind.

In the area where the incident occurred, a South Lebanese Army (SLA) force two days ago routed a terrorist squad which tried to penetrate the security zone in order to lay mines and attack SLA outposts.

The last time Israeli soldiers were hurt in a clash with gunmen in the security zone was at the beginning of February when an IDF unit encountered an armed gang near the village of Tibnit. Three IDF soldiers were wounded in that clash, and five terrorists were killed.