TEL AVIV (Mar. 8)
An Israel Defense Force patrol killed five heavily armed terrorists attempting to infiltrate the southern Lebanon security zone early Thursday morning.
The clash occurred near Zumriya village in the eastern sector of the zone. There were no Israeli casualties.
The infiltrators appear to have been part of a military organization, possibly the pro-Iranian Hezbollah, or Party of God movement.
They wore camouflage dress with commando-style boots and carried Kalachnikov assault rifles, grenades, land mines and sabotage equipment, according to Maj. Gen. Yossi Peled, the IDF commander in the northern region.
Peled said he would give the Israeli patrol’s “young commander and his men 10 points out of 10 for the exemplary manner they carried out their duties.”
The IDF soldiers also got lavish praise from Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who visited the site of the clash.
“Thanks to their training, dedication and discipline, it is they who keep the settlements along the border as quiet as they are,” Shamir said.