TEL AVIV (Jan. 25)
Israeli forces in the southern Lebanon security zone on Monday defused three roadside bombs, similar to the one that killed two soldiers in the same area last weekend.
Israeli soldiers and their allies, the South Lebanon Army, safely defused the bombs on the same day that Israel buried the second of two soldiers killed Saturday while patrolling the northeast sector of the security zone.
The soldier buried Monday was Sgt. Chai Kalomiti of Tel Aviv. Sgt. Amir Sheikh, a Druse soldier from the western Galilee, was buried in his home village Sunday.
Military sources said there has been a marked increase in the number of roadside bombs planted by Arab guerrillas in the security zone since Israel last month deported 415 Moslem fundamentalists to Lebanon.
The deportees are now stranded in a tent camp just north of the security zone, caught between the Israeli-SLA lines and the Lebanese army lines.