An Israeli army officer was killed and seven soldiers were wounded in southern Lebanon on Sunday when fighters of the Islamic fundamentalist Hezbollah movement ambushed an Israeli patrol in the eastern sector of the security zone.
Four of the attackers were killed in the ensuing clash. Two of the Israeli soldiers were moderately wounded, and the other five soldiers were lightly wounded in Sunday’s fighting. The incident occurred when Hezbollah gunmen fired at close range on the soldiers, who were on a routine patrol. Following the exchange, there was a heavy exchange of artillery fire in southern Lebanon.
The fighting took place on the same day that Lebanese President Elias Hrawi visited Syrian President Hafez Assad in Damascus for a briefing on his meeting last week with U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher.