An Israeli soldier was killed and three others wounded in a clash Wednesday with Palestinian terrorists in the southern Lebanon security zone.
Staff Sgt. Amir Kara, 20, of Ness Ziona, was killed in the mortar attack, for which the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility.
The wounded soldiers were airlifted to a hospital in Israel, where the condition of one of them described as moderate to serious. The two others were said to have sustained light wounds.
A soldier with the South Lebanon Army, Israel’s ally in the region, was also wounded in the attack.
The Popular Front militantly opposed the Palestinian self-rule accord with Israel. Sources speculated that the attack might have been planned in coordination with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement, which has vowed to drive Israeli forces from Lebanon.
Israeli and SLA forces retaliated with artillery shelling of guerrilla targets in Lebanon.
Radio stations in Lebanon reported that one Hezbollah gunman was killed and at least three other wounded in the fighting.