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Israeli Planes Strike Lebanon

Israel Air Force planes launched a strike Wednesday at bases belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Five members of the PFLP, which militantly rejects the Palestinian self-rule accord, were reportedly wounded in the raid.

The Israeli air strikes were the farthest north in Lebanon in a year.

Radio stations in Lebanon reported that the Syrian defense minister, Moustafa Tlass, was touring the area at the time of the air strike.

Israeli commentators said the air strike was launched with the intention of delivering a message to Syria that its stalled peace negotiations with Israel should be resumed.

The fighting in Lebanon, much of which is Syrian-controlled, often reflects the state of Israeli-Syrian negotiations.