TEL AVIV (Feb. 28)
An Israel Defense Force soldier was slightly wounded when his vehicle came under fire in the southern Lebanon security zone Sunday. The incident occurred north of Beaufort Castle, the ruins of a 12th-century Crusaders’ fortress that was a Palestine Liberation Organization stronghold before the 1982 war in Lebanon.
Elsewhere in the security zone, four Islamic guerrillas were killed and three soldiers of the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army were wounded in a clash that followed a guerrilla attempt to storm the SLA position.
SLA sources said fire was aimed at them from a nearby post of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon patrolled by Irish troops.
A military spokesman announced, meanwhile, that an Israel Navy patrol boat sank a motorized rubber dinghy carrying terrorist infiltrators from Lebanon Saturday night. The terrorist craft was blown out of the water, the spokesman said.
The incident, which occurred south of the Lebanese port of Tyre, was the latest of an increasing number of attempted seaborne attacks on Israel, none of which has succeeded.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist group headed by George Habash, claimed responsibility. It said three of its men managed to swim to shore and two were missing.
A small explosive charge detonated outside the Rishon le-Zion sports center Sunday morning without causing casualties or damage.