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Violence Escalates in South Lebanon

An upsurge in armed attacks was reported in Israeli- controlled portions of southern Lebanon over the weekend.

In the most serious incident, an official of the South Lebanon Army was badly wounded Saturday, when a bomb exploded as he opened the door to his house.

Sources blamed Hezbollah, the Islamic fundamentalist Party of God supported by Iran.

On Sunday, Islamic extremists reportedly exploded a mine under an Israeli army convoy. But the blast apparently caused neither injuries nor serious damage.

On Friday night, a heavily armed Palestinian fighter was killed in an encounter with Israeli soldiers conducting a routine patrol in the border security zone of southern Lebanon. The Israelis suffered no casualties.

The Israel Defense Force unit encountered a group of Hezbollah fighters near the village of Huneh, in the Aramta region. One of them was killed in the exchange of fire, but the others managed to escape back across the line dividing the security zone from the rest of southern Lebanon.

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