TEL AVIV (Mar. 21)
Israel Defense Force soldiers killed two alleged terrorists and wounded a third outside the southern Lebanon security zone Thursday morning.
According to a military spokesman, an IDF unit was patrolling north of the security zone when it encountered a white Mercedes sedan thought to be acting in a suspicious manner.
The driver failed to halt when challenged, at which point the soldiers opened fire, killing two passengers and wounding the third, the IDF said.
The occupants of the car were reported to be members of Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian extremist Moslem militia.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Yossi Peled, commander of the northern region, repeated that Israel will not withdraw from the security zone as long as there is no strong central authority in Beirut capable of keeping peace in the area.
The security zone, six miles deep and 50 miles long, was set up by the IDF in 1985 as a buffer against the infiltration of Israeli territory from Lebanon.