TEL AVIV (Aug. 11)
Six Israeli soldiers were wounded lightly Monday when mortar shells were fired at them in the central section of the security zone in south Lebanon. The mortar fire originated outside the security zone, according to an Israeli Army spokesperson.
Israeli troops responded with artillery and mortar fire directed at the source of the attack outside the security zone. Israeli gunships fired a missile at a vehicle near Nabatiyeh, 20 miles from the border, according to Israel Radio.
The attack claimed the largest number of wounded Israeli troops since a roadside bombing in May injured four.
The attack in the security zone was the second in 24 hours. Sunday, Katyusha rockets fired from outside the security zone by Amal militiamen landed in northern Israel, according to military sources. The attack came apparently in retaliation for an Israeli bombing of pro-Iranian-Hezbollah targets. Military sources said Amal had retaliated after an Israeli air attack on the Amal controlled village of Soultaniye.
Lebanon’s National Syrian Socialist Party claimed responsibility for Sunday’s Katyusha attacks, saying they were retaliation for Israeli attacks on Syrian-controlled areas, according to Israel Radio.
Military sources said they believe Syria supplied the long-range missiles for the Katyusha attack.