TEL AVIV (Apr. 12)
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and two were wounded slightly in an ambush in the south Lebanon security zone Friday. The dead, Cpl. Ilan Haziza of Raanana and Sgt. Ronen Ayalon of Kiryat Motzkin, both 20, were buried Sunday at cemeteries near their homes.
According to a military spokesman, the ambush occurred near Kantara village about eight kilometers from the Israel border and was carried out by a squad of Hezbullah, the extremist Shiite group. They opened fire on an Israel Defense Force patrol with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades.
The Israeli unit returned the fire and is believed to have caused casualties though no bodies were found in the vicinity. Reports from Lebanon said the attack was followed by extensive Israeli air bombardment, artillery and tank fire which killed several villagers. IDF attack helicopters strafed villages in the area all day Saturday, the Lebanese reports said.
CORRECTION The Daily News Bulletin dated Friday, April 10 should have been No. 69, not 66.