Heavy Shelling by Hezbollah Leaves One Israeli Soldier Dead, One Wounded

An Israel Defense Force soldier was killed and another wounded in southern Lebanon on Monday when their unit came under heavy shelling by the Islamic fundamentalist Hezbollah movement.

Staff Sgt. Avichai Danoch, 19, was buried in his hometown of Ashkelon on Tuesday.

A total of eight outposts were attacked in what IDF sources described as the fiercest Hezbollah attack in more than eight months.

Israeli warplanes attacked Hezbollah targets north of the security zone following the barrage of shelling.

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited on Tuesday the scene of the exchange of fire as well as the spot where two IDF soldiers were electrocuted on Sunday, when they accidently made contact with a low electric power cable while traveling in an armored personnel carrier.

Sgt. Eran Heduida, 18, and Cpl. Amikam Rothman, 19, were traveling in an armored personnel carrier in the security zone when Hudeida stood up and apparently raised his hand and came in contact with a high tension cable strung over the track. He was killed instantly.

In trying to pull Heduida down, Rothman was also electrocuted.

Hudeida was buried Monday afternoon in the military section of the cemetery in Holon, near Tel Aviv.

Rothman was buried the same day in the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.

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