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IDF Holds Infiltrators from Jordan Who Crossed River with Axes, Knives

Israeli forces detained two men who crossed the Jordan River armed with axes and knives, apparently intent on attacking Israeli civilians.

Troop reinforcements tracked down the infiltrators early Friday morning after a routine army patrol found a break in the border fence near Moshav Argaman, in the Jordan Valley, about five miles north of the Damiya bridge.

The two men, ages 21 and 23, were also carrying a set of wire cutters and copies of the Koran. The identity of the group that sent them was still to be established.

Meanwhile, Israeli planes flew northward to attack bases of the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist Hezbollah, near Em a-Tine, at the southern end of the Syrian-controlled Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The planes returned safely to base after hitting all their targets, the Israel Defense Force spokesman said.

The area experienced heightened tension at the end of last month after a Hezbollah roadside bomb killed five Israeli soldiers in the southern Lebanon security zone and a Katyusha missile fired by the terror organization killed a 14-year-old boy in the town of Kiryat Shmona.

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