TEL AVIV (Jan. 21)
Israeli air force planes destroyed a Palestine Liberation Organization broadcasting station near Simon on Friday, in the first of two raids on terrorist targets in southern Lebanon.
The hour-long strike smashed the radio’s underground facilities and knocked down its two British-made antennas.
The aircraft also struck at Hezbollah bases north of Nabatiya in a raid lasting 10 minutes. Reports from police and other sources in both target areas said seven people were killed and 18 injured in the two raids. All Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.
According to a military spokesman, the radio station was set up at a PLO training base used by elements loyal to Yasir Arafat inside the Mieh Mieh refugee camp, near Sidon.
Beginning Feb. I, the station was to “broadcast orders to terrorists in Lebanon and to hostile elements” in the administered territories, the Israeli spokesman said.
The radio station reportedly was powerful enough to be heard in Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and all over Israel.