TEL AVIV (Oct. 27)
Israeli air force planes on Wednesday attacked Hezbollah targets in the security zone of southern Lebanon following an upsurge of mortar attacks by the Islamic fundamentalist group.
A spokesman for the Israel Defense Force announced that all planes had returned safely to base after firing accurate hits.
Israeli and allied South Lebanon Army forces had been taking an almost daily pounding from Hezbollah gunmen in the zone. The attacks culminated Tuesday evening in the slight wounding of three IDF soldiers in the Soujud region of the zone.
The Islamic Resistance Organization, the fighting arm of Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s shelling.
On Sunday, one IDF soldier was seriously wounded in a clash in the same area, after Islamic Resistance gunmen ambushed a combined IDF infantry and armored patrol.
Two of the attackers were killed by IDF troops in that incident.
The Soujud region is close to Hezbollah supply lines, with its tree- and brush-covered hilly terrain affording good cover for attackers.