TEL AVIV (Jan. 11)
An Israel Defense Force patrol killed eight guerrillas in a clash just outside the southern Lebanon security zone, a military spokesman announced Wednesday.
They were later identified as members of Hezbollah, the extremist Shiite fundamentalist militia, backed by Iran, whose name means Party of God. There were no Israeli casualties.
The incident occurred last Saturday night and Sunday morning. The IDF did not explain why it was not announced earlier.
According to the spokesman, “An IDF force encountered a terrorist squad moving in the eastern sector beyond the security zone, west of the village of Armata, located along the border of the security zone.
“The force opened fire at the terrorists, killing all eight of them,” the spokesman said.
Reports from Lebanon said the slain men were Hezbollah guerrillas.