TEL AVIV (Dec. 21)
The Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army repelled a series of attacks by Hezbollah in the southern Lebanon security zone Monday. Five attackers were killed and one SLA soldier was wounded, military sources here reported.
Hezbollah, which is Arabic for “Party of God,” is the militia of pro-Iranian Shiite extremists in southern Lebanon.
According to the SLA, one of its positions on the northern boundary of the security zone came under attack by mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Scores of Hezbollah guerrillas attempted to storm it but were driven off without penetrating the outer defenses.
Hezbollah later accused the Israel Defense Force of firing on ambulances evacuating the wounded. The IDF said it fired at enemy transports bringing reinforcements to the scene of the attack.
According to the SLA, its forces have killed 12 guerrillas and wounded at least 20 in the past four days. The SLA, commanded by Gen. Antoine Lehad, patrols the security zone jointly with the IDF.