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IDF Kills 3 Gunmen in Clashes

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Three gunmen from the fundamentalist Hezbollah movement were killed Monday in clashes with Israel Defense Force troops in the southern Lebanon security zone.

The gunmen were on their way to carry out an attack against IDF and South Lebanon Army soldiers, Yediot Achronot reported.

The incident reportedly occurred when the IDF troops came upon a squad trying to enter the security zone.

Two gunmen were killed in the exchange of fire, and the third after a chase, Israeli sources said.

Israeli Capt. Uri Polack sustained moderate injuries.

The incident was part of a series of encounters in recent weeks in which IDF troops killed some 20 gunmen in southern Lebanon during operations and clashes.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Amnon Shahak said recently that the stepped-up Hezbollah activity was a sign of desperation among the group’s ranks.

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