2 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Lebanon

Two Israeli soldiers were killed in the southern Lebanon security zone on Monday in an ambush by gunmen of the Islamic fundamentalist Hezbollah movement.

The soldiers were killed in the eastern region of the security zone near the village of Ayshiya. An officer with the South Lebanon Army, Israel’s ally in the region, was killed in a separate incident.

In retaliation, Israeli and SLA forces opened up heavy fire along an entire front, pounding the area to the north of the security zone where there are known Hezbollah bases.

In the West Bank on Monday, a bus en route to the settlement of Ateret was shot at as it was passing near the town of Ramallah. Three Israelis were injured.

The bus driver, despite being injured, managed to increase his speed and drive his vehicle to safety in the settlement. An Israeli soldier accompanying the bus returned fire.

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