An Israeli naval ship yesterday sank one vessel carrying Palestinian terrorists and captured two others. One terrorist aboard the sunken ship was killed and two others wounded, The two injured Palestinians and 10 other terrorists aboard the two other vessels are being held in Israel.
An Israeli army spokesman issued a communique last night, some 15 hours after the incident, saying that the Israeli naval ship spotted the three vessels in international water off Lebanon and asked them to identify themselves. After warning shots were fired two of the vessels surrendered, but the third tried to escape, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said some of the terrorists wore camouflaged uniforms, The boats contained arms and ammunition, including Kalachnikoff rifles and bazookas and explosives. Israel is not excluding the possibility that the terrorists were on their way from Sidon, Lebanon to carry out sabotage acts in Israel. Israel has been carrying on patrols off southeast Lebanon as part of the intensified sea security since a group of terrorists landed in Tel Aviv two years ago seizing a seashore hotel.
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