TEL AVIV (May. 16)
The Israeli air force attacked terrorist targets in the vicinity of the southern Lebanon port city of Sidon on Sunday night. All aircraft returned safely to their bases, a military spokesman said.
The attack was the eighth Israeli air raid on Lebanon this year and the second foray in four days.
Reports from Beirut on Monday said the attack was carried out by two assault helicopters protected by jet fighter planes. At least eight rockets were fired at targets in the Ein Hilwe refugee camp south of Sidon, the Beirut sources said.
They said a two-story building destroyed in the 15-minute pounding was used as headquarters of Al Fatah, the mainstream terrorist group of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and other terrorist units. Casualties were reported, but no numbers were given.
Ten people were killed or injured in the Israeli air raid last Thursday night on targets north of Sidon, according to Lebanese sources.
The Israel Defense Force issued only a brief communique on that operation, saying that terrorist targets were hit and all aircraft returned safely.
Reports from Beirut said six Israeli F-16 bombers drew anti-aircraft fire during the rocket attack, which was aimed at a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command near the town of Barja, 17 miles south of Beirut.
That terrorist group, headed by former Syrian army captain Ahmed Jabril, claimed credit for the motorized hang-glider attack on an IDF base in Upper Galilee last November, in which a single terrorist killed six Israeli soldiers and wounded seven before he was killed.